Newsletter : 16- 30 September 2013 Vol. : 41  

If it exists, it’s possible-celebrating Eco-friendly Ganesh Festival.

This is an interesting case study of how school is a part of society and has the potential to impact society. Sheth Jyotiprasad Vidyalaya, Daund, Maharashtra tackled every aspect of the festival that pollutes the environment and has been working on addressing each issue. Students and teachers have been celebrating eco-friendly Ganesh festival for many years now by skill building their students to make clay idols for their homes. This year they reached out to two local mandals who inturn reached out to more. 530 individuals made eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols in their homes or communities. Their collective Handprint, 2650 kg of Plaster of Paris was saved from polluting the local river, the school also set up an immersion tank in their premises and students collected Nirmalya (flower offerings) for composting. Read more

 

How simple steps can help conserve energy? Power Count Challenge School Handprint

 

The school management and students of Him Academy Public School, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh carried out simple steps which students could practice in their daily lives to reduce electricity consumption at school. The school’s efforts has helped them save a total of 1834 units in July-August 2013 compared to the same months in 2012. Read More

 

Student project documenting marine biodiversity and impact of pollution on coastal biodiversity and livelihoods.

Young Leader for Change contender Tejas Naik, class 9 student of Aditya Birla Public School, Bharuch, Gujarat has taken up an action project titled ‘Impact of the Bhadbhut barrage construction on Marine life and the local people in the region of Gulf of Khambhat’. The study documents local marine biodiversity and looks at the dependence of the local fishing community on coastal resources. It also looks at the impact of anthropogenic activities on the fishing community. Read more.

If you are a student and are carrying out an action project in any of the environmental themes or you want to take up an action project then please do visit the Paryavaran Mitra Best Student Award webpage and check out the resources for doing action projects and also apply for the award.

 

The Paryavaran Mitra Handprint Assam

The programme is being implemented in 2000 Saturday clubs of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, in partnership with agencies like the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC). The detailed report on the programme in Assam focuses on the implementation of the programme via partnerships, synergies and linkages to other programmes of CEE’s Northeast Regional Cell. The report also documents the quantified Handprint impact of the schools in 5 thematic areas of the programme-Water and Sanitation, Biodiversity & Greening, Waste Management, Energy, and Culture & Heritage.


Nature appreciation opportunity in Ahmedabad.

Wildlife Week Celebrations are on at Sundarvan, Ahmedabad with an array of activities like Bat Show, Snake Awareness Workshop, Photography Workshop, Quiz, etc. The celebrations close with an exciting trip to Polo Forest on the outskirts of Ahmedabad this Sunday. Get outside and catch some sun!

 

Resources

Environment Education Resource (Hindi)

CEE North has joined hands with DLA Group of Publication in the Paryavaran Mitra initiative. CEE as knowledge partner contributes one page fortnightly features on environmental issues and concerns for the DLA newspaper. Read all the recent columns featuring articles on various topics like food, polythene, groundwater, sustainable agriculture, ozone, etc

Gandhi Heritage Portal

The portal was recently launched by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. It is an authentic open source archive on the life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. The Portal is conceptualised around The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi. The collected works are placed in three languages: English 100 volumes, Hindi 97 volumes and Gujarati 82 volumes. It hosts Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography in 22 languages. In all, the portal presents more than 5 lakh pages, 21 films, 72 audio speeches of Gandhiji and over a 1000 photographs.

 

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