Newsletter : 15- 30 May 2014 Vol. : 56   

Green Wave 2014- IDB Celebrations in India

The Green Wave 2014 Campaign on 22 May 2014 (International Day for Biological Diversity) received an overwhelming response throughout India. Green Wave is an initiative of UN Convention on Biological Diversity. Participation came from students, teachers, government institutions, NGO’s and business houses. And plantation activity was carried out in a range of habitats like the coasts, Western Ghats, Himalayas, arid and semi arid parts of the country. The diversity of trees varied from deciduous to semi evergreen to evergreen trees such as Teak (Tectona grandis), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Pongamia (Millettia pinnata), Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Mango (Mangifera Indica) and Banayan (Ficus benghalensis) which have a range of uses from medicine to food were planted. It was noteworthy to witness women self help groups in 4000 numbers participated from Tamil Nadu in the campaign planting about 1000 local tree saplings. On the whole more than 4000 diverse tree saplings were planted on the day. read more...

Explore, Discover, Think and Act about Biodiversity near you

Taking the plantation initiative forward to actually nurture the plants and continue to conserve all kinds of biodiversity is the the National Awareness Campaign for Sustainability. It is a sustainability education initiative of Paryavaran Mitra and Earthian Foundations. The campaign focuses on biodiversity, by engaging students of class 5 to class 8 in tree planting and creative activities. The campaign students will be able to appreciate diverse life forms and engage in protection of biodiversity for sustainability. The campaign has started on 22 May, marking the International Day for Biological Diversity and continues until the National Wildlife week during 2nd to 8th October. For more on the nuts and bolts of the initiative go here.


Sensitizing students of the environment through film making

CEE Delhi has partnered with Earth Day Network on Earth Reel, which is an environmental film competition on the theme of Green Cities for Delhi/NCR schools to sensitize children on urban issues and communicate these issues through the film media. The initiative aims to encourage school students to build awareness about the various environmental concerns surrounding our Indian cities as well as give them basic exposure to film making. For details of participation go here.

Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar State Level Event in West Bengal

The West Bengal state felicitation event of Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar-2013 was organized on 14th May 2014 at BITM. Guests at the occasion, Prof. N Bandyopadhyay (Adviser, West Bengal Pollution Control Board) and Ms. Karuna Singh (Country Director - India, Earth Day Network) felicitated the winners, who came from 5 districts of the state. Around 65 participants comprising students and teachers were part of the event. Read more about the event here.



Opportunity: Call for creative inputs from you for World Day to Combat Desertification communication materials

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India invites entries on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), to be celebrated on June 17th, 2014. The entries in the form of concept along with painting /designs/ captions etc may be sent by interested individuals/agencies/organizations by 11th June, 2014 (till 11.59 pm). The best entry/entries will be used to develop communication product like advertisement /poster etc. For details go here.

Learning for sustainability through Rice-The ESD Rice project

ESD Rice (Regional Initiative for Cooperation for ESD Promotion through rice) is a project initiated by Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) and CEE in nine schools from three southern states – Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The objective is to promote school and community based ESD practices in Asia and the Pacific by building an international collaborative network of schools. Rice has been chosen as the theme of the project as it is a common staple food in many parts of the Asia Pacific region and can act as an entry point to learn about ESD. The initiative was launched in India with a teacher orientation workshop at Bangalore.