We started the Green School Programme with a simple idea.
We know that environmental challenges are growing; we also know that the challenge, however enormous, will need each one of us to get involved. It will need us to change the way we manage natural resources; alter our consumption patterns so that we can do more with less; and innovate with current technologies so that we can improve the environment around us.
We wanted to develop a programme, which would help us learn. Not just the idea but the practice of making change ‘work’. We believe that it is always best to learn by doing. It is always best to do by learning.
It is this simple idea we converted into the Green School Programme. The manual provided the tasks for schools to begin the rating of their performance. Each step provided the criterion; its weightage and the method by which we could learn how green we were and how green we could be.
Over the last two years, the idea has gathered momentum. More and more schools across India are using the manual to be a part of this learning exercise. They have learnt that what they know is not enough to protect the environment and what they preach is often not easy to practice. But they have also learnt the rationale of what they should do that will make a difference in the world.
This is the idea in practice. We know people all over the world are learning, to their horror, that they have no idea of what it means to be “sustainable”. That in spite of all they did and thought they did, the disaster of climate change is real, and definitely happening. They are realising that combating this global challenge means reinventing what is considered to be good environmental management.
For us, this is not a rating programme for ranks, marks or awards. It is a learning programme for building a new generation of people who are prepared to change the future. Our consumers of tomorrow will have even less of a chance to correct all the mistakes they will inherit from us. We are leaving behind a pretty bad world for them. But we know that they can make a difference if they can distinguish between the different shades of green – believing but not practicing and practicing but not making a difference.
We hope that our idea will work. We hope you will be engaged with us in being the change we believe in.
Director General , CSE
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