Youth for Conservation (YFC), an upcoming non-profit that aims to inform and inspire the youth of the country about nature and conservation, has kicked off phase two of its outreach marathon in Tamil Nadu. The marathon, which will cover various parts of Tamil Nadu in five phases, revolves around screening the documentary, “The Truth about Tigers” by Shekar Dattatri, to fourteen and fifteen year olds and having an interactive discussion on various questions they have about the documentary and the environment. The focus is more on tier-II and tier-III cities and rural pockets, rather than urban centers. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, the executive director of YFC, is conducting the outreach marathons and his aim is to make students aware of what is going on with wildlife and the environment, and also mobilize them before they choose their careers. Ramnath is a Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist 2011 award winner. He envisages that tomorrow’s doctors, journalists, architects, lawyers and engineers would do their bit for the environment. Phase one of the campaign covered almost 10,000 students in Pudukottai, Karaikudi and Tirupattur. Phase three will move to Madurai, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. Phase four will cover Coimabatore, Erode, Ooty and Pollachi, while phase five will reach out to Villupuram, Kanchipuram and Chennai.
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