The Green Umbrella
Source: From Editor's Desk, Date: October , 2009
Whenever one sees good effort at making a change through
small but sure steps one feels like applauding and talking about it. Nature
Foundation’s Green Umbrella programme is an honest and intense effort.
Nature Foundation (India) in
association with Sh. M.L. Dewan and Global Warming Reduction Centre, New Delhi
initiated with an innovative program called ‘Green Umbrella’ in order to reach
the masses who are actually the major stakeholders of the environmental
sweepstakes. It was aimed at sensitizing the masses on this important issue of
environmental concern and thus motivating them to take positive action and thus
contribute towards Protection of the Earth.
The program was envisaged as a
school outreach program as it was rightly felt that none better than the
students could carry the torch of sustainable development. The program was
inaugurated for 2009-10 by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the father of Green Revolution
in India on 4th April 2009, at Russian Culture Centre by unfolding a “Green
Umbrella” which had Green slogans printed over it. Dr. Swaminathan and Prof.
M.L. Dewan autographed the umbrella, signifying the formal launch of the
The “Green” stands for a clean
and green and sustainable environment and “Umbrella” symbolizes protection, conservation
and coming together of like-minded individuals.
The program is envisioned to
reach a minimum of 100 institutions in a year through a series of events being
organized there on the lines of Essay Writing Competitions, Poster Making,
Innovative Writing, quizzes etc. This, in children, would bring forth effective
participation in self-learning, using animated and interactive media. As the
conclusion of the event, each participating school would be given a Green
Umbrella symbolizing that the students of this school are better equipped to
face the challenges of climate change and other environmental crises. All these
schools would be required to use the umbrellas in an innovative fashion as by
the end of the year, all these umbrellas would be gathered at India Gate, which
will be termed as ‘Green Out’ and this would give the schools a platform to
exchange ideas and creativity with other participating schools. This would also
exhibit their creativity to the visitors.
Mr Raakesh Khatri, Executive
Director of Nature Foundation, further elucidates: “The beneficiary group of
this project would be students of Classes VI to XII in the schools and it would
also reach the colleges to involve the students from undergraduate level, and
thus the activities included in the program would include activities so as to
create interest amongst students and reach them to their hearts deep beneath
along with their minds.”
As a part of this program, Nature Foundation got associated with
Pragyan’09- the 3 day National Technical Fest of National Institute of
Technology, Trichy and organized a special workshop for the students regarding
the environmental and nature conservation. Students from engineering and
technical institutes and universities from Madurai, Kumbakonam, Chennai,
Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Chromepet, Coimbatore and Maharashtra participated in
the workshop. It covered various subjects such as hazards of rampant
degradation and exploitation of bio-diversity, fragile eco-systems and the
urgent need to understand the need to recycle, reuse and the importance of
conserving our valuable natural resources for posterity. The students were
highly touched and sensitized and the enthusiasm witnessed in the interactive
session was exhibited clear promises for positive actions in near future.
Similar workshop was organized in TEQIP
2009, I.I.E Kurukshetra and over 10 schools already.
At the end of the year, three
Students would be selected on the basis of their creativity exhibited through
various competitions and would be awarded Cash Awards worth Rs. 21000/-, Rs.
11000/-, Rs. 5000/- in the name and style of Patron of Global Warming Reduction
Centre and doyen of economic ecology Prof. M.S Swaminathan and Nature
Foundation (India) “Green” Awards. This would certainly work as motivation for
not only the winners but other participants as well and motivate other
institutions to participate or organize similar programs.
According to a spokesperson of
Nature Foundation the program though initiated in National Capital Region has all
capabilities to spread over the whole country and awards would certainly add as
a factor of motivation. It is hoped that the army of “Green-Literates”, thus
created would be able to face the challenges of climate change in an able
manner because, FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.
All the very best!