Kerala should emulate Beijing's ‘no compound walls’ model, says scientist TV Sajeev

Dr T V Sajeev speaks at the 28th event of the Beyond Square Feet (BSF) lecture series organised by Asset Homes in Kochi. Photo: Special arrangement

Thrissur: The raw materials used for the construction of  compound walls in Kerala can be used to build houses for all the homeless people in one or two neighbouring states, senior scientist Dr T V Sajeev has said. The chief scientist with the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Thrissur, cited the case as an example of humans living by overusing natural resources.
He said Kerala should emulate the Beijing model where the construction of compound-wall was banned.

“All human beings naturally want to live in harmony with nature. But without realising this, we are living by overusing natural resources. Humans can only work with nature and cannot work against nature, said Sajeev, who has close to three decades of experience in the fields of forest entomology, landscape fragmentation, forest insect population dynamics and invasion biology. He was delivering the 28th event of the Beyond Square Feet (BSF) lecture series organised by Asset Homes in connection with the World Environment Day.

“The major challenges posed by climate change are rising sea levels, melting of polar ice caps and extreme weather disasters. Nimbus clouds are one of the worst weather disasters. They will flood wherever they fall in a very short time. When it rains on the mountains, it stirs the surface soil and flows it into the sea. Trees will be affected, leaves will be lost, and small worms will have no food and thus causing great harm to our interconnected ecosystems,” he said.
He also pointed out that the current climate change has harmed species that are beneficial to humans and has benefited species that are harmful.

“Even ants can predict natural disasters. This is possible because it is a matter of life and death for them. It should be assumed that man was also able to do so. It's just that people use this faculty to identify in advance if there is any conspiracy against them at their workplace today,” he said.
Sunil Kumar V, founder and managing director of Asset Homes, spoke.

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