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Newsletter (November-December 2023)

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!

Jal Utsav Celebration in Gujarat

The Climate Project Foundation participated in the inaugural edition of “Jal Utsav,” in Amreli, Gujarat. Jal Utsav, an initiative of the Dholakia Foundation is a festival celebrating water resources and their meaningful impact on people's lives. Mr. Bhavesh Swami represented TCPF in this three-day event, which included a state-level function inaugurated by the Governor Sh. Acharya Devavrat and the Chief Minister, unveiling water bodies, and announcing the first Jal Utsav, open to the public. The second day involved field visits and interactions with villagers, showcasing how interventions have positively influenced their livelihoods through improved agriculture and horticulture practices. The final day was dedicated to round table discussion summing up experiences from the field and how more collaborations can be forged with each other.


Nurturing Climate Actioneers at
Laxmibai College

A panel Discussion on "Sustainability Dialogue: Nurturing Climate Actioneers" was conducted at Laxmibai College Campus, wherein the panelists shared their views about sustainability, climate change, and the youth's role. The audience included students and faculty from various departments.

Mr. Anand Pendharkar (Climate Leader) discussed his book on "Climate Actioneers" and introduced concepts like the Urban Heat Island effect, climate change, mass transportation, urbanization, and carbon sequestration. He emphasized finding solutions by connecting with the local community.

While highlighting the alarming global warming, Mr. Bhavesh Swami talked about TCPF's works, highlighting their efforts in everyday sustainability in water, waste, air, biodiversity, and energy management and the emerging domains of green jobs, capturing the attention of students interested in opportunities like EVs, solar, water, and cleantech. 

Meeting with the Director & Officials of Education Directorate, Ministry of Kashmir

An online meeting with the Director & Officials of the Education Directorate was conducted, which aimed at looking up at the 10 Districts of Kashmir for implementing Green Campus Programme. Ms. Rekha Lalla introduced The Climate Project Foundation and presented the GCP, outlining steps for its implementation in Kashmir. The initial phase involves conducting workshops in all 10 districts to provide a program preview. The officials expressed keen interest in the program and assured full support in the implementation process.

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Principals’ Conclave in Odisha

In line with SDG4.7, we organized Principals’ Conclave in Odisha in association with ODM Educational Group & the Sahodaya Schools. The Conclave commenced with an introduction by Shri Bipin Sahoo, Principal, DAV, Pokhariput, Dy. Sec, Sahodaya Schools Complex, Bhubaneswar Chapter, setting the tone. Chief Guest, Shri Gaurav, Scientist In-charge, Regional Museum of Natural History, stressed population control and tree plantation to combat the climate crisis. 

Mr. Aditya Pundir, Director – India & South Asia, The Climate Project Foundation, highlighted the planet's plight due to the climate crisis, using examples from Odisha. Ms. Rekha Lalla discussed the Green Campus Program, showcasing successful implementations across 14+ states in India. Keynote speaker Dr. S.N Patro, Odisha Environment Society, emphasized awareness about climate change and collective human responsibility. Mr. Prafulla Dhal, National Coordinator - Climate Disaster and Livelihood, underlined why Odisha needs green campuses.

The Principals’ Conclave, attended by school and college leaders, was an interactive session focusing on actionable takeaways


and experiential learning promotes a healthy educational relationship between educators, students, parents, and communities. The conclave fared well and gave us a roadmap to implement Green Campus program in Odisha.

GCP Awards Received by Winning Schools

Climate change & sustainability education is the long-term solution to the climate crisis. The educational institutions that made through the audit process and qualified for Green Campus Program award have received the same delivered at their addresses. The institutions were thrilled and elated to achieve it. Here is a glimpse of the winning institutions holding the plaques and certificates.