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Green Generation in Action

Centre for Environment Education (CEE) through the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) Secretariat have launched a campaign “Say NO to Plastic Carry Bags” along with the other youth groups in the city. The campaign kicked off on April 22, 2009 and will continue till June 5, 2009. As a part of the campaign, amdavadi youth have been oriented on the basics of waste management including a visit to the AMC land fill site at Pirana.

The youth have identified Memnagar, Bodakdev,Vastrapur in Ahmedabad for the campaign. To understand the level awareness of people, a survey was conducted by volunteers on 200 people in these areas of Ahmedabad, and also made them aware of the harmful affects of plastic carry bags. They got varied responses from people. Om Prakash Jaiswal a member says “Though we interacted with people and they all know the fact that plastic carry bags are harmful they prefer to use because they have no other option”

According to the survey 82% of the people in the city use plastic carry bags and 86% were aware of their harmful effects. Samir Patel a shopkeeper quotes “Though many people are aware they still prefer plastic bags and they feel ashamed to carry cloth bags that are one reason why we keep plastic carry bags.” 78% of the people suggested cloth and paper bags as alternatives to plastic carry bags. Knowing the harmful effects of plastic bags, 86% people support the ban, but only 37% are willing to join the drive.

The youth are conducting a signature campaign across the city by putting up stalls at various places and encouraging people to pledge on “Say NO to plastic carry bags” and within a week, more than five hundred people have signed and are willing to join. As a part of the campaign, a series of competitions have been conducted on the CEE Campus. About 40 people participated in these events that included Slogan Writing, Poster Making and Debate Competition. The participants included children, youth and adults representing different spheres of the society. The level of awareness among the participants was high as most of them were very well aware of the ill effects of plastic carry bags and were full of energy and enthusiasm to contribute towards saving the environment. Entries for two other competitions – ‘Photography’ and ‘Design your own Trendy Bag’ are open till 1 June, 2009.

Some Interesting Slogans include:
The environment has endured much cracks, Guys, now say NO to plastic carry bags.
Think clean environment before having fun, Coz, we CANNOT revert after devastation.
Plastic bags bring pain, to save environment, please abstain.

Debate Competition:
Most of the participants in the debate competition emphasized on the fact that ban on plastic bags would be more effective only when the citizens take ownership and stop using the harmful plastic carry bags.

Following this, till June 5th, a series of activities and events such as Street plays, Rallies, Photography Exhibitions and Competitions will be conducted in the city.
2000 Rural Students get Climate Change Education
An interactive presentation on Climate Change was one of the highlights of the five-day event

for rural students on the theme "Science in Everyday Life" in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat.

Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai interacted with over 2000 students from 20 Post Basic Schools, weaving in the science of Climate Change with real life examples, as well as linking it with their textbooks. Post Basic Schools are rural residential schools based on Gandhian Principles and managed by NGOs.

The presentation emphasised how climate change was closely connected with developmental & lifestyle choices.

Management Education Centre on Climate Change
February 1-15, 2009. ceenario edition 3

CEE and Gujarat University initiated a step towards climate change education by setting up Management Education Centre on Climate Change (MEC-CC). The event organised at Senate Hall, Gujarat University (GU) received an overwhelming response from faculty members and students. Dr. Parimal Trivedi, Vice Chancellor, GU in his speech briefed about objective of the Centre and various courses proposed for the next academic year. He urged students to take this opportunity and become green managers for the society.

Mr. John McCarthy, Australian High Commissioner to India was present during launch and appreciated the step taken by both the institutes. After lighting of lamp, brochure of MEC-CC was launched by Dr. Tim Flannery, internationally acclaimed Australian environmentalist. In his lecture he addressed issues related to scientific aspects of climate change, its impacts and actions required to tackle climate change issues. Lecture was followed by interactive question–answer session.

This was a part of the 3-day programme on “Understanding Climate Change" organised by CEE from 31 Jan 2009 to 2 Feb 2009. The programme included film screening of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” at Gujarat University, a public lecture by Dr Tim Flannery (Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Lecture Series) at AMA, and signing of tripartite proposal between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Bombay University & CEE. CEE and Bombay University will work together for JNPT for developing and implementing integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation measures at Jawaharlal Nehru Port.

Download MEC-CC Brochure:
Management Education Centre on Climate Change (MEC-CC)

A green Yatra
February 1-15, 2009. ceenario edition 3

The annual event of the National Green Corps (NGC) Gujarat was celebrated and Prakriti Yatra was organised from 4-6 February. The 6,500 eco clubs were divided into 5 zones namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mehsana, Surat and Rajkot. Prakriti Yatra started from each zone with 55-60 participants consisting of students and teachers, NGC district coordinators and Master Trainers with a small experience sharing workshop on different aspects of emerging environmental concerns.

The participants proceeded to join the eco-fair at Junagadh. Each bus had a night halt at the respective nature spots of their state like Hingolgadh Nature Education Sanctuary, Velavadar Black Buck National Park, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Tulsishyam etc. During halts participants were engaged in activities like bird watching, nature trails, boating, film shows, etc. They were provided with an opportunity to closely observe the flora and fauna of different areas in the State.

The participants took part in workshops conducted in schools around the Gir Sanctuary. The workshops mainly focused on awareness education on the Asiatic lion and role of eco clubs in their conservation. They also visited various parts of the Gir Sanctuary. For many of them it was a unique experience to spot lions for the first times in their lives! After visiting Shakarbaug zoo, they reached Junagadh and enjoyed cultural programmes involving traditional folk artists on the theme of environment.

The participants took part in the eco fair at Junagadh. The schools stalls showcased their projects and activities, organizations like Science City, Jivantirth, Forest Dept., WASMO etc also participated and wildlife photographers held exhibitions. The participants shared their experiences of the Prakriti Yatra. The prizes were distributed for the state level environmental quiz (Prakriti Prashna Manch Spardha 2008-09). Some of the activities conducted by CEE around the Prakriti: EE Bus were snakes and ladders, face painting, wishing tree, voting for the “Kaun Banega Bharat ka Paryavaran Ambassador”, etc. Local schools of Junagadh also visited and participated in various eco-fair activities.