Center for Climate Literacy and Campaign DRBCCC Hindu College in association with Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education organized a commemoration event to mark World Environment Day on June 6, 2002. The event was held at the RJB Seminar Hall inside the campus from 12.30 PM to 2 PM. Renowned environmentalist and founder of Pasumai Bhoomi Foundation Mr. J Regan was the chief guest. Mr. Regan is also a Wildlife volunteer and a trainer in natural farming methods. Recently the Tamil Nadu government awarded him with the Green Champion award. The event started with the customary Thamizh Thaai Vaazhthu which was sung by the student volunteers. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. B. Kalaiyarasan, a core member of the Centre for Climate Literacy and Campaign. It was followed by the address of Dr. G. Kalvikkarasi, Principal, DRBCCC Hindu College. In her address, Dr. G. Kalvikkarasi highlighted the importance of celebrating the World Environment Day to create awareness among students and faculty about the perils of climate change and other climate-related issues.
The chief guest was honoured with a memento by the Principal. Dr. S. Kannadasan, a member of the Climate Literacy Centre, DRBCCC Hindu College, introduced the Chief Guest which was followed by the interactive session by the Chief Guest, Mr. J.Regan. In his speech, Mr. J. Regan underlined the importance of knowing the immediate environment around us and taking steps to protect it. He urged the students to plant more trees and increase the greenery. He said that planting trees qualifies as the first step towards environmental conservation. Throughout his speech Mr. Regan interacted with the students and made them realize that they are responsible for a better tomorrow. With the help of colourful posters, he explained about the common snakes found in India and what are the precautionary steps that one should take in case of snakebite. Students felt that the session was quite productive in terms of the dissemination of information. Mr. Regan even sang a few rap songs to convey his message. The students found the songs highly inspiring. Prof. Premjith Mathew proposed the Vote of Thanks. Prof. R. Suresh served as the master of ceremony. 79 Climate Champions and 9 faculty members who are part of the Center for Climate Literacy and Campaign, along with nine staff members attended the event. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, a leading dentist was also part of Mr. J. Regan's team.
The second part of the World Environment Day commemoration happened around 3.30 PM on the same day. The Climate Champions of the Center for Climate Literacy and Campaign along with the staff members, Dr. B. Kalaiyarasan and Prof. Premjith Mathew planted saplings of thirty fruit-bearing trees in the campus. The student volunteers were actively involved in planting the saplings and the ones who planted the saplings were asked to take care of the sapling. The saplings planted included, pomegranate, lemon, gooseberry, mango, and jackfruit.