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  e-newsletter of the Centre for Environment Education
100 th issue
June 1-30, 2014
Special Poster on Islands and Coastal Areas of India
The Special Poster on Islands and Coastal Areas of India being released by the Hon’ble Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar (Center).

CEE Celebrates World Environment Day 2014

CEE designs a Special Poster on Islands and Coastal Areas of India

The UNEP theme for the year 2014 is ‘Small Island Developing States’, and the slogan given for World Environment Day this year was ‘Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’. In order to further enhance awareness of the people, especially among students, about this year’s WED theme and bring greater focus on the future of small islands in the face of climate change and sea level rise, the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) asked CEE to develop and produce a special poster on the islands and coastal areas of India, which was released by the Hon’ble Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.

The poster is multilingual and encourages activity and independent questioning and research by children and others. It depicts the salient islands and coastal cities of India and describes graphically the likely impacts of sea level rise on such areas. The poster also contains a set of questions-answers and suggested activities in several regional languages. CEE is undertaking countrywide distribution of the poster to National Green Corps- Eco Clubs, Paryavaran Mitra Clubs, several subordinate and allied institutions of MoEFCC, State Education Departments and other agencies.

Global Citizenship
Young people can play a key role in spreading the message of WED.

CEE Ahmedabad

A packed programme marked the celebration of World Environment Day (WED) at CEE Ahmedabad on June 5. The CEE campus welcomed over 1200 visitors who participated in diverse activities that aimed at creating environmentally aware citizens, while focussing on the theme for the year ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’.

A group of children from the Rajpur Government Primary School, along with their teacher, joined the event as volunteers to facilitate a number of art and craft activities. The activities included a treasure hunt; bird watching and nature trail; environmental games; puppet show and craft activities like tattoo painting, pottery, and paper quilting.

A thematic pavilion was organized on the theme which included a poster exhibition, movie screening, and games.

This year an overnight camp for children was organized at the CEE campus. 20 children participated in several activities such as nature trail, bird watching, sky watching, and cooking together as part of the camp.

A three-day Youth Meet to discuss the environmental status of Gujarat was organized by the Ecological Youth Network of Gujarat. The last day of the workshop was organized to coincide with the WED event at CEE. The youth participants prepared and released a statement on this day.

A workshop on ‘Waste to Resource’ was organized for a group of women from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization in the latter half of the day. 35 women members participated in the workshop.

Competitions like poem writing, poster making, and photography were also held. The popular Quizolla saw participation of over 200 participants.

Demonstrations of a bio-gas model, and solar cooker were held, which provided visitors the opportunity to learn more about the green technologies. An E-waste collection drive was organised at the campus by Ecoli Waste Management Private Limited.

Information and Facilitation Centre
Look what I had made!

CEE’s Information and Facilitation CentreThe month-long annual Summer Programme conducted for children between 6-13 years of age at the CEE Ahmedabad Campus. Four weeks of activities that evolved around the WED Theme culminated on June 5

Each week’s programme included various teaching-learning ideas to encourage students to raise critical questions on several issues related to the theme. These were a mix of audio visual clips, children-friendly presentations, experience sharing, photographs by experts on the field etc. Related hands-on activities which included craft, clay modelling, story-telling, best-out-of-waste products etc. were conducted to provide hands-on experience.

Field visits on the penultimate day of every week were also conducted. Creative activities such as painting the ocean on a wall or a canvas; making marine creature magnets, watching awareness related visuals etc., were held too.

The final celebration of the programme was held on the WED. A brief performance on saving our oceans performed by the children awed the audiences. Children were thrilled to show their parents an array of beautiful story boards, collages, craft and paintings that they had made over the month. Participants were also awarded certificates at the end of the programme.

Project 1600
"How to help conserve our environment?" write it or draw it!
CEE Jaipur

A two-day event to celebrate World Environment Day was organized at Udaipur by CEE Jaipur in partnership with Rajasthan State Bharat Scouts and Guides. On June 4, a drawing and essay writing competition were organized at Happy Home Senior Secondary School. About 150 children presented their ideas towards environmental conservation through these competitions.

An awareness rally was organised on June 5 to spread awareness about environmental issues and to encourage citizens to take eco-friendly actions. This was followed by a valediction ceremony. Winners were awarded prizes. The event culminated with an oath by all the participants to conserve the environment.


CEE North

CEE North in association with the Regional Science City (RSC) organized an event for students on June 5. The programme began with an ‘enviroword-jam’ where students were divided into five teams with six members each. In the competition, each team was given a topic related to the day’s theme, on which each member had to present their thoughts without any pause. The person who did this uninterruptedly was the winner. The second competition was focused on a film-based quiz. Students were shown two films and were asked questions based on these.

Dr. Jaswant Singh, Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Awadh University, Faizabad were the speakers for the programme. Dr. Singh shared his experience of working as a member of Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. He shared insights of how scientific research is helping in assessing the level of climate change.

Mr. Khan from the Directorate of Environment motivated children to take action for environment conservation. Mr. Umesh Kumar of RSC expressed his thoughts on the theme of the day. Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia, Programme Coordinator, CEE North spoke about various upcoming programmes that would enable students to take Handprint actions. More than 500 students, teachers and parents participated in this programme.

Paryavaran Mitra Awards
Creating awareness on climate change through a booklet.

Booklet on Climate Change in Hindi

CEE North developed a booklet on ‘Climate Change’ on the occasion of WED, focusing around the theme ‘Small Islands Developing States”. The booklet in Hindi, was developed on request from the Directorate of Environment, Uttar Pradesh Government for distribution among students and masses in the State. The booklet focuses on Handprint actions.  Over 1000 copies of the booklet were distributed among students, youth and general public.

Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Education Programme
Interacting with community members at Bahraich

Community Meeting in Bahraich

CEE North recently established a field office in a village of Bahraich district at Uttar Pradesh, for its community initiative under Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Education Programme.

The CEE Bahraich team organized a community meeting on the occasion of WED in Baundi, Bahraich where fisherman, farmers, youth and other members participated and shared their experiences of living along the river.

A discussion on the status of Ganges river dolphin locally known as Souns was held with the community members, where various incidences and issues related to the species survival were shared. Community members were briefed about the importance of the day, and theme for this year. 25-30 community members participated in the programme.

Our Dream, Kolkata Clean
Students used survey questionnaire to share messages on lifestyle choices and impact on the environment.

CEE Kolkata

‘Our Dream, Kolkata Clean’ was the theme of the community outreach campaign conducted on the occasion of World Environment Day under the ‘Urja Chetana’ project which seeks to generate awareness and action on energy conservation amongst students in selected schools in and around Kolkata. These students will then carry the learnings to their communities.

The campaign carried out through survey questionnaires, information kiosks, and placards with environmental messages made more than 515 people aware of the negative effects on the environment due to present lifestyle choices.

20 students from the Assembly of God Church, Park Street and 25 students from Sakhawat Memorial Government Girls High School, Lord Sinha Road participated as volunteers in the campaign.

A questionnaire with eight facts followed by questions was developed for the survey. Each student was provided with a set of 10 questionnaires, and assigned different locations to undertake the survey. Students were assisted by teachers and CEE Kolkata staff at both locations. The awareness sheet-cum-questionnaire had a few questions on environment, and upon getting the wrong answer, the volunteers corrected the respondents by giving further information.

A lucky draw of the winners will be carried out by the schools, and in turn these would be felicitated during the Energy Week celebrations under the ‘Urja Chetana’ project.

The registers kept at the kiosks also let commuters and common people, register their feedback and complaints on various aspects of environment of their local area. The same will be shared by CEE with the Pollution Control Board, Kolkata.

100 th issue
Combat Desertification Day
The Hon’ble Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar being shown the Agave (Sisal) based products. Agave plantation has been found to be useful to arrest soil loss.

The United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility / Small Grants Programme

The Small Grants Programme (SGP), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), seeks to support activities which demonstrate community-based innovative, gender-sensitive approaches and lessons learned from other development projects that could reduce threats to local and global environment. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) jointly administer SGP in India. Grants are channelled directly through CBOs and NGOs.

CEE has been National Host Institution (NHI) since 2000. The programme has so far facilitated 162 action-based, community-led initiatives countrywide to address the issues of environment, poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, and community empowerment.

Celebrating the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Day

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, marked the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Day on June 17 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. To mark this occasion MoEF& CC organized a workshop which was chaired by Mr. Prakash Javadekar,the Union Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change. The Secretary, Mr. Rajgopalan and the Additional Secretary, Dr. Susheel Kumar also chaired some of the sessions.  The Joint Secretary,
Mr. B.M.S. Rathore who was earlier the member of the UNDP GEF/SGP National Steering Committee was also present on the dais, in addition to the dignitaries like Director General, Indian Council for Forest & Research Institute (ICFRI), Dehradun.

The UNDP GEF/SGP was involved by the Ministry to play an important role of inviting the SGP NGO partners from all over India to join in the deliberations. SGP’s success stories, best practices and issues were shared by the partners. The work relating to water restoration in ravines was appreciated.

A special stall at the entrance of the Workshop Hall was put up where products from SGP projects were displayed. These were appreciated by the participants, who also purchased them as souvenirs to support the initiative.

The Small Grants Programme
An ambitious work plan has been approved by the NSC for the year 2014 under the Global Environment Facility UNDP Small Grants Programme.

The 4th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting

This meeting of UNDP GEF/SGP which is implemented by CEE at a national level, met on June 20. The distinguished participants of the NSC are honorary members from the seven Regions of the country who are experts in their own fields which support the GEF thematic areas.

The seven Regional Teams of CEE received 227 new proposals during the past six months. During a workshop to develop new proposals based on the key parameters, the teams provided guidance on a one-to-one basis to 95 NGOs from South, North, Delhi and Eastern Regions. The Regional Committee meetings of Delhi and Bangalore Regions were held on May 19 and 23 respectively.  After a rigorous and a substantive exercise by the Delhi and Southern Regional Committees, 14 most suitable and innovative proposals were recommended for ‘Approval’; 6 for ‘Revision’ and 207 for ‘Rejection’.  The NSC further debated on these recommendations and approved 10 proposals worth Rs.1.91 crore.  The remaining 4 proposals were recommended for Revision to bring in more appropriate linkages and improvements.

With this round, the project will achieve about 66% of the 2014 annual planned delivery target as on June 30.   An ambitious work plan has been approved by the NSC for the year 2014.  The next NSC meetings are expected to take place in August and October this year. It is expected to deliver the entire delivery target of USD 1 million by September end and to request for revising the work plan by an additional USD 250,000 for the current year.

Paryavaran Mitra Puraska
Proud participants with their awards

Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar-2013  Rajasthan and Gujarat State Event

The Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar state-level award ceremony for Rajasthan and Gujarat was organised at CEE, Ahmedabad. The award ceremony aimed at recognizing the efforts made by students, teachers and schools to strengthen and promote environmental education initiatives under Paryavaran Mitra Programme.

Mr. Bharat Pathak, Director, GEER Foundation was one of the dignitaries at the event along with Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, CEE.
Mr. Sarabhai in his inaugural address gave an insight into the genesis of the Handprint concept. Mr. Pathak spoke about the relevance of observing World Environment Day and emphasized on the crucial role that individuals need to play in environment conservation. He also appreciated efforts of CEE and partner organizations working in this field. This was followed by release of a poster, developed by CEE for WED 2014, which includes an interactive quiz on the WED theme, in most of the Indian languages.

From Rajasthan 5 schools were conferred with Paryavarn Mitra state-level Puraskar in the Best School category; 5 teachers in Best Teacher category, and one student in Best Student category.

A book ‘Bhartiya Vadmayan Mein Paryavarn Chetna’ written by Mr. Ravindra Kumar Upadhaya, winner of Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013 under Best Teacher category from Rajasthan was released at the event.

From Gujarat, 5 schools received awards in Best School category; 3 teachers in Best Teacher category and 4 students in Best Student category. Mr. M.S. Patel, District Collector, Banaskantha and Mr. Girishbhai Vyas, Sabarkantha were awarded in Best District category. State-level special category awards were given to Mr. Gangaram H. Patel, Banaskantha, and Mr. Girishbhai Vyas, Sabarkantha for their keen interest in implementing the programme and in encouraging schools to take positive Handprint actions. 

More than 100 students, teachers, media representatives, people from civil society groups attended the event. The list of winners for Rajasthan is available here, and that for Gujarat is available here.

Global Citizenship Education
Ms. Rajeswari Gorana (centre) represented CEE at the conference which included practitioners, academics and educators, and representatives of institutions.

Conference on Global Citizenship Education

The Post-2015 Development Agenda is the process led by the United Nations, striving to encompass all areas of human development. This Agenda is in the form of Sustainable Development Goals which will succeed Millenium Development Goals. The Agenda includes Education as one of the Post - 2015 Development goals. Priorities for this goal for the next 15 years are being worked out.

A European Conference on Global Citizenship Education and the Post 2015 Framework was organized in Brussels on June 24-25 with the objective to discuss, and contribute to, a concrete proposal on Education for Global Citizenship within the broader education goal in the Post-2015 framework. 

The one-and-half day Conference facilitated a discussion on the concept, target, and monitoring aspects. Together, the participants brought out the Brussels Proposal for Global Citizenship Education which envisioned how future generations will be equipped to develop a more equitable and a sustainable world. 

Global Citizenship Education (also known as Education for Global Citizenship), is built on the traditions of Education for Sustainable Development, Development Education, Global Education, Human Rights Education and Peace Education. 

The conference was organized by CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs (CONCORD) in partnership with UNESCO, Global Campaign For Education, Oxfam International, CIVICUS, Beyond 2015, Education International, Engagement Global and the North-South Centre. The conference was held in conjunction with the Replenishment Conference of the Global Partnership for Education and the High-Level meeting on Education and Post-2015 of UNESCO and UNICEF. The Brussels Proposal was well-received at the Replenishment Conference of the Global Partnership for Education.

Ms. Rajeswari Gorana, Programme Coordinator, Children's Media Unit, CEE participated in the conference. Her participation was facilitated by Engagement Global of Germany.

Education is the Key
Mr. Ignacio Campino from BiWaNa, Germany and Ms. Sanskriti Menon from CEE, India were the panel members for the session on Sustainable Consumption, Production and Trade and Education for Sustainable Development.

Education is the Key: Towards a Global Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development

A one-day international conference was organized by Engagement Global, Germany in association with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BMZ in Bonn, Germany on June 16. The themes: Social Inequality; Sustainable Consumption, Production and Trade;  and Climate Change were discussed in the context of Sustainable Development, and how education could drive transformation by addressing these aspects. Ms. Sanskriti Menon, Programme Director, Urban Programmes, CEE and Ms. Rajeswari Gorana, Programme Coordinator, Children’s Media Unit, CEE participated in the Conference. 

Prakriti Sanrakshan Sankalp Diwas
The Hon’ble Minister, Ms. Uma Bharti attended the Nature Conservation Pledge Day at the Yamuna Banks in New Delhi.

Prakriti Sanrakshan Sankalp Diwas

The first anniversary of the Uttarakhand tragedy that took place in June last year was observed on June 17 in several locations in the form of Nature Conservation Pledge Day (Prakriti Sanrakshan Sankalp Diwas). At the behest of Ms. Uma Bharti, the Union Minister for Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development a series of events were conceived and conducted by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) of the MoEF. On an average over 300-350 participants attended each of the events.

CEE was assigned by NMCG to facilitate these events at seven locations. These included Gangotri, Haridwar (by CEE Himalaya), Allahabad, Kanpur, Patna, Varanasi (by CEE North), and Farakka (by CEE Kolkata). At three more locations i.e. Delhi, Gangasagar and Nabadweep, CEE teams assisted WAPCOS and Central Water Commission in organizing similar events.

At all 10 locations, the events were held on the river banks to gain public attention on the need to conserve rivers and to undertake environment protection measures to minimize the risk of similar disasters in future. The programmes included observing silence (maun) in memory of the victims; taking a pledge to protect mountain and river ecosystems; planting saplings; symbolic clean up drives, prayer and meditation. In some locations, painting competitions for children were conducted; and pledge fliers, saplings, cloth bags and caps were distributed.

Speeches by dignitaries focused on what we should learn from this disaster and how we need to work towards sustainable development while ensuring the protection of environment. It was emphasized by several speakers that the protection of river habitats and their biodiversity also needs to be a part of our strategy and action plan towards minimizing the risk of disasters and ensuring safe and sustainable development.

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