Trust for Environmental Education, a Chennai-based NGO, was founded in 1986 by the late S. Govind Swaminadhan, one of India's leading legal luminaries. Senior Advocate, Sriram Panchu, and Wildlife and Conservation Filmmaker, Shekar Dattatri, were the other Founder-Trustees. The present Trustees are: Shekar Dattatri, officiating as Managing Trustee, Revati Mukerjee, daughter of S. Govind Swaminadhan, and S. Ramakrishnan, an entrepreneur and eminent nature photographer. Over the years TREE has produced a number of documentaries on wildlife and conservation, and has conducted hundreds of outreach programmes specifically targeted at India's youth. A flagship initiative titled Youth for Conservation, was launched by TREE a few years ago, to work with youth in a more focused manner.
Youth For Conservation (YFC) is a nature and conservation education initiative designed to inspire the youth of India about the country's incredible natural heritage and the need to conserve it for posterity. Freelance nature photographer and conservation communicator, K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, is the driving force behind YFC's school outreach programmes.
YFC makes use of natural history and conservation audio-visuals, as well as other alternative education tools, to empower young people to become environmentalists in their daily lives and practice conservation.
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Everywhere we go, students are extremely enthusiastic to learn about nature and conservation. Follow this space to view work by participating students, such as drawings, skits, models, interviews and interactions with the TREE/YFC team.
Natural history and conservation films by acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, and TREE Founder-Trustee, Shekar Dattatri, form the core of our outreach programs. TREE also provides guidance to enthusiastic individuals who are interested in conducting outreach programs using his films.
As 7 billion humans jostle for space and compete for diminishing natural resources, our beautiful blue planet is wilting under pressure. The question is, for how much longer can this last? Here is a message from our Trustee to the youth of India.