Time to Act—Don Bosco High School, Borivali

4th October 2011

The Go Green Club of Don Bosco High School Borivali is ready to prove their environmental commitment. In their first session as part of the Green Schools Campaign, 27 student leaders came together to understand the problem of waste in the city, and the process of conducting a waste audit in their school.

The session was marked by the students’ eager questions and intelligent comments. One of the boys summed up the issue of environmental destruction by stating that we lack a sense of ownership of and belongingness to the planet, and this pushes us humans to exploit it for monetary gain. Another student explained to the group that although we are busy chasing profits, no amount of wealth will sustain us if we exhaust Earth’s resources.

The members of the Go Green Club were quick to select their leaders and form teams to conduct the waste audit. They also expressed their willingness to involve other students and teachers in environmental projects in the campus. The mood of the session was aptly summarized by one the students, who said, ‘We all say we are committed to the environment, but it will only be believable if we actually DO something’. Judging by their response to this first session, we are sure that the students of Don Bosco Borivali will go on to make a positive impact on the environment in their school and neighbourhood.

Setting the Standard—Sacred Heart High School, Vashi

3rd October 2011

The students of Sacred Heart High School Vashi are not only implementing green projects in their campus, but are also making sure that environmental consciousness becomes a permanent part of their school culture. In their second session on Environmental Leadership, the students of the Eco-Club presented the draft environmental policy that they have been working on.

The most striking feature of the policy so far is that the draft was prepared in an entirely democratic fashion. The process began with all students from Stds. III to X participating in a competition to select the best policy suggestions. After this, the teachers selected the best suggestions, which were debated by the eco-club members and the house captains. The policy was then drafted by the eco-club.

The environmental policy covers four sectors—Supplies, Waste, Energy and Events—and includes a variety of possible practices, from reusing decorations at events to having regular energy consumption reports presented to the school.

At this session, the students discussed with the GreenLine team the characteristics of a good policy, and then reviewed each point in their draft according to these parameters. The eco club will now rework the draft, present it to their principal and teachers, and make a public announcement of the finalized policy.

The students of Sacred Heart Vashi have definitely raised the bar for the other Green Schools, and are also setting the standard for all future students of their own institute.

The Girls at Apostolic Carmel High School Get Set for a Waste Audit

1st October 2011

The first day of sunny October saw the GreenLine team at Apostolic Carmel High School. The School was participating for the first time in the Green Schools Campaign. That does not however, mean that they have not been doing a great deal for the environment already. The girls of the Nature Club here are called the “Green Giants”, and aptly so, for the work they are doing is nothing short of giant steps in little shoes. The girls have not only been promoting environmental awareness in the school itself, they actually went out into the streets, arming the local market vendors with paper bags in place of the regular polythene bags! Something like that from seventh eighth and ninth standard girls should definitely ring wake-up calls for all adults.

So the activity for the month that the girls here are taking up is the waste audit. The girls want to see their school spic and span within the next one month, and start cutting out on all the excess waste they can. The girls here seemed excited about the whole activity and we are positive that they will conduct a precise exercise on the amount of waste generated and how it can be reduced best. The sessions had about thirty girls, all eager to answer questions and be part of the already-strong movement

We are sure the girls will be strong competitors in the Green Schools Campaign, and will be successful in any green activity they take up.