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Newsletter (January-February 2024)

Our newsletter provides updates on our programs, and fellow Climate Reality Leaders who are making a difference. It carries a gamut of activities carried out in two months' time, showing how each one of us can act to solve the crisis together. We would love to hear from you, your story and acts of leadership in the journey of sustainability. Every action matters!

Session on Climate Change & Green Campus Program at Fergusson College

An interactive workshop was conducted for the students and faculty members of the Department of Environmental Science, Fergusson College, Pune by Dr. Amruta Deshmukh.

The Fergusson College, Pune has joined hands with The Climate Project Foundation under the Green Campus Program. Students are working on the various activities under the Green Campus Program. The presentation and student interaction aimed at introducing them to the Green Campus Program, guiding them regarding the GCP activities, and solving their doubts regarding the activities they are currently conducting. Around 85 students attended the session.

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Climate Policy for Jammu & Kashmir

A meeting was conducted with the advocates of Kashmir to discuss the need for a Climate Policy exclusively for Kashmir as the state is changing with no snowfall during the winter to less snowfall.

Ms. Rekha Lalla gave a presentation on climate change and explained all the lawyers working on ground levels in Kashmir, about how global climate change scenario also impacts the scenario in Kashmir. 

Around 55 advocates, on ground personnels working in the field of sustainability joined the meeting and had a long discussion on planning a Climate Policy for all residents of Kashmir & educational Institutes.

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GCP Skill Share Teacher Exchange Program

Green Campus Program - Skill Share Teacher Exchange Program is an interstate exchange program can offer all schools an opportunity to experience different cultures, learn new languages and gain valuable life skills. The first GCP Skill Share TEP meeting was held on 27th January 2024, which was attended by Tagore International School, EOK Delhi & Mothers Public School, Odisha.

A Teacher exchange program is a structured educational program that temporarily allows Teachers from one educational institution to learn from another institution about their best practices in the domain of Climate Change, GCP and Science-Social Sciences. 

The programme discussed how to help people adapt their lives and livelihoods to our changing climate, protect themselves from the increasing risks of disasters caused by climate change, and become more aware of, and resilient to, current and future climate shocks. They will understand how the GCP has broadened their view and learn about the climate resilience of that state in India.

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Environment & Sustainability Audit Workshop with Colleges

A “Environment & Sustainability Audit Workshop” was conducted for the colleges from 18th – 20th January 2024. It includes systematic identification, recording and analysis of components related to sustainable development of an educational institution to preserve for future generations. 


Ms. Rekha Lalla conducted an Online Workshops for three consecutive days 18th,19th & 20th Jan 2024 from 3 to 5pm to involve the students and lecturers at colleges of Maharashtra in audit process. 183 students and faculty joined the audit training.


The process has three important stages such as pre audit stage, audit stage and post audit stage. The steps for audit of educational institutions are as follows: - Study of present regulations and structure. Examine the previous infrastructure and do a comparative bon energy, waste, water & biodiversity analysis. Submit your report and then take actions. Noting of provisions applicable. Evaluation of internal control system.

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Teachers’ Training Program for
Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune

An online Teachers’ Training Program was conducted for the faculty members and students at Ajeenkya D Y Patil University (ADYPU) as a part of the Green Campus Program.  Ms. Rekha Lalla, Lead - Green Campus Program, The Climate Project Foundation discussed the science, impact, and solutions to the climate change crisis. 


Dr. Amruta Deshmukh introduced the need for climate action and the Green Campus Program for Higher Education Institutions and how it aligns with UGC & NAAC norms. She emphasized how the participation of HEIs, and the young generation can catalyse the target of Net Zero.

Youth Mobilisation for Climate Action
at GD Goenka University

The GD Goenka University partnered with The Climate Project Foundation (TCPF) to host a one-day event on, “Climate Change and the Role of Youth in Addressing it”, on National Youth Day. The session was attended by the students as well as faculty from various departments. 

Mr. Bhavesh from TCPF discussed climate change crisis, global warming, and reasons for calamities like flooding and desertification. This sparked curiosity among students. He then presented sustainable solutions such as solar-powered battery-based bicycles, efficient cookstoves, and concepts like slow and eco-tourism to raise awareness within communities.

Dr. Rekha Singh from ECPFO spoke about Mission LiFE and a sustainable future, while Dr. Nihal Siddiqui conducted a campus tour, showcasing the Fire Drill Ground established under the Centre of Excellence- Occupational Health & Safety. 

The orientation concluded with the vision of the Vice-Chancellor, Kim Menezes, who wants to make GD Goenka University a climate-active and leading Green Campus.

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Teachers’ Training Program in Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune

An online Teachers’ Training Program (TTP) was conducted for the faculty members and students at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Pune as a part of The Green Campus Program. 

Ms. Rekha Lalla from The Climate Project Foundation discussed the science, impacts, and solutions of the climate crisis, emphasizing zoonotic diseases, extreme weather, and viable solutions, and shared how the Green Campus Program (GCP) can address the issues. Dr. Amruta Deshmukh threw light on how HEIs play a critical role in this, how the GCP aligns with UGC and NAAC norms, and emphasized youth engagement.

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GCP Committee Meeting (Online) with HEIs

Online Green Campus Program (GCP) committee meeting was held with core committee members of the following colleges:

  • GMN College, Ambala Cantt., Haryana

  • Maharashtra College of Arts, Science & Commerce (MCASC), Maharashtra

  • Maharaja Agrasen University (MAU-Baddi), Himachal Pradesh 

  • Ajeenkya University, Maharashtra

  • SD College, Ambala Cantt., Haryana

  • Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Chandigarh

  • NMITD, Mumbai

  • USTM, Meghalaya

 

Dr. Sakshi Grover underlined the need of “Green Campus Program” for Higher Education Institutions and how it would benefit the college community and the students. She also advocated the alignment of the Green Campus Program with UGC, NAAC and Mission LiFE norms. 

Mr. Bhavesh Swami explained about the future avenues for the student community regarding the green skills & training, green jobs, and startups.

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Online session on “Smart City & Greening of Campuses” with NITTTR, Chandigarh

National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh organised an Online one-week Faculty Development Program on “Sustainable Cities & Communities.” 

Speakers & panellists from various institutions & organisations were invited to discuss Smart & Sustainable cities with students & faculty members. Mr. Bhavesh Swami from The Climate Project Foundation gave the presentation on “Importance of Green Campuses for Smart & Sustainable city model.” 

More than 15 faculty members & 70+ students attended the session of knowledge.

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MoU Signing with
Ajeenkya DY Patil University

The Climate Project Foundation (TCPF) successfully signed MoU with Ajeenkya DY Patil University (ADYPU), Pune, Maharashtra under the Green Campus Program. During the MoU Signing ceremony, Mr. Aditya Pundir, Director, TCPF discussed beneficial future seminars/ programs we are planning under student development and engagement and how GCP will be helping the institute to reach of our common goal of a sustainable future.
 

All the members of ADYPU promised their commitment to GCP with the active participation of students from their NSS wing.

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Panel Discussion on Sustainable Fashion and Climate Justice at NIFT, Bhubaneswar

On 1st February 2024, National Institute of Fashion Technology – Bhubaneswar, Odisha conducted a panel discussion on Climate Justice and Sustainable Fashion.  The panel discussion began with how fashion, especially fast fashion industry impacts global GHG emissions and hence, it is imperative to look at the triple bottom line (People, Planet & Profit) in a much more balanced way. Additionally, the light was thrown on how climate justice can be embedded in. 
The session was designed by Professor Dr. Binay Bhushan Jena for the students and faculty members of the institute. Dr. Jena is known for establishing Farm to Fashion concept at NIFT-Bhubaneswar.


Mr. Prafulla Dhal, National Coordinator – Climate Disaster and Livelihood, The Climate Project Foundation; and Ms. Smruti S Samantray, Manager – Communications and Collaborations, The Climate Project Foundation were invited as the panellists, among others.


Mr. Dhal spoke about the need for climate change mitigation in Odisha and how climate justice can be aligned with it. Ms. Samantray spoke about how design students can contribute towards the journey of sustainability and bring in an impactful transformation in the purchasing behaviour of the society while shedding light on green jobs.

Celebrating National Science Day at
Mount Abu School, Delhi

In India, 28th February marks as National Science Day, celebrating Sir C.V. Raman's groundbreaking discovery of the Raman Effect, which revolutionized our understanding of light-matter interaction. To commemorate this, The Climate Project Foundation organized an event in association with the Mount Abu School, Rohini, Delhi. 


Ms. Rekha Lalla emphasized the importance of environmental conservation to students, discussing environmental degradation and actionable steps they can take to preserve it. The students engaged proactively in the dialogue, sharing their perspectives on the current state of climate change.

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Teachers Training Program in Odisha

This February, The Mother’s Public School, Bhubaneswar, Odisha organized a Teachers’ Training Program in their campus, in association with The Climate Project Foundation, as a part of Green Campus Program initiative. It was an extensive workshop that went on for two days, and exclusively for the teachers. 


Teachers from 5 branches of the Mother’s Public School-Odisha were present for 2 days to learn and exchange their views, participate in group presentations, and integrate activities in their curriculum. The Mother’s Public School has Climate Change as their topic for all their activities, around the year.