It's pretty much universally accepted now that if you want to affect real hange you don't go to the world-leaders, you go to their children. Because all you can do with today is damage control, but tommorrow promises, and demands, a lot more. And the obvious first step is - again - our schools.
Every year Kids For Tigers organises a big gala event where there are singing, fancy-dress, painting, and creative-writing competitions all based on a theme that is close to the cause of saving the magnificent striped beasts. But there's no preaching here, just show and tell.
Every thing from water conservation to eco-logic is discussed with all kinds of tools, not least of which is grease-paint. For the children to get involved, they must have fun. This, fortunately, is something that the organisation sees. So what you'll find at the one-day event is a lot of screaming, running around and general happy chaos, while issues of global
importance are casually bounced around and grasped with an alacrity that will hearten any lover of wildlife.
For underneath all that fun, the children are being seriously tested for their eco-awareness and commitment to the cause of conservation. Every year one student from the state is chosen to be Tiger Ambassador and s/he will take off on a camp with other children and tiger experts, to Ranthambore or other wildlife preserves, for a nature-walk on the wild side.
For further details please contact the Meridian at 2335-7881. The event is open to people between 5 and 16 years of age, and participation is through registration at the venue.