Sacred Heart ,Vashi Soak In The Green!

21st December

              Sacred Heart High School Eco Club is always a step ahead of the crowd.From the get go, they haven't been the backseat drivers but always on the forefront of the environmental movement. With mammoth amount of activities they have undertaken to conserve the environment for e.g the environment policy they have drafted out , recycling of papers etc., these committed young minds are indeed making a change in the world. Also, with the immense help and support from their Teacher Mrs.Nirmala Nair whose always ready to bend over backwards to promote go green movement in the School and go that extra mile!

 At the start of the session, the Eco club members presented a Bracelet made of palm leaves to the GreenLine Team, followed by an informative presentation by Ritihka Kumar from the Eco club who participated in the field visit organized by TERI under the project SEARCH to the Vapi Based Daman Ganga Company which recycles the Tetrapak cartons to create a diverse line of products ranging from roofing sheets to benches to books which she visited during this field trip. Following this, Fr.Savio introduced the topic for the current session 'Water' to the eco-club members.Then we had the screening of the GreenLine Documentary on ' Value Water' after which there was a small interactive discussion about the water issues raised in the documentary. Jessica, then further elaborated on the water stats in Navi Mumbai , water shortage and wastage. Then, Alden gave the students a new set of challenges that they could undertake to save water in their schools and at homes.
     The students were all enthusiastic about completing these challenges and We wish them all the best in their endeavors as they strive to make their school a greener one!

Excitement Brews for the Girls from St. Paul's Convent High School, Dadar

December 20, 2011

There are so many good things about going to a school where the children take keen interest in the programs that are conducted for them. We at GreenLine especially love it when the efforts of the students are such that they make us want to come over and over again. St. Paul's Convent High School, Dadar is one such school, where we wouldn't mind taking sessions time and again. The girls over here were an excited bunch the last time we came, and this time, their excitement was even more, owing to the fact that those girls who missed the session the last time joined us this time.

The session began with the students conducting a five minute prayer service dedicated to the environment and all the people who make the world a tad greener everyday. Following this, there was a presentation made by the students on the waste audit activity that they had already undertaken. A fairly good presentation, Fr. Savio praised the girls for their unending enthusiasm in environmental issues. It was then time for the GreenLine documentary on water, Jessica's presentation on water statistics for the city of Mumbai, and Alden explained a number of ways the girls could save water. Throughout the session, the girls kept giving smart answers, and  seemed happy to take back the information too.

Though all of the students and the teacher helped make the session an interesting one, special mention has to made of Cassandra, who seems to be spearheading the cause in the school. With the interest that Cassandra takes in the subject, no doubt backed by her friends and the teachers, it is not surprising to see her do so well... Here's to seeing many such bright girls from the school becoming environment leaders in the future!! 

St.Paul's boys on their way to save water!

17th December,2011

 To moan and groan about the destruction of our planet is what we always do, but these young minds at St.Paul's are  ready to work towards improving the global environment! The session today had  around eighty eco-club members present. The session started with the students views regarding the present water scenario in Mumbai. The boys spoke about the water loss and other water related problems that one has to face in the recent times

Following which there was a screening of GreenLine documentary , 'water'. The boys listed out the various concerns with water supply in Mumbai. Then, there was a presentation by Jessica which highlighted the statistics about water shortage and wastage. Next, the boys were given 'My School Saves Water Challenge' by Alden. The boys were all excited to carry out these activities in their Schools.

All the best to boys of St.Paul's as they gear up to save water !

The Junior Eco Club of St. Stanislaus School, Bandra, Join in the "My School Saves Water Challenge"!!!

16th December 2011

“Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future”                                                               – John F Kennedy

Little did JFK know that when he uttered those brilliant words, that there would be children all over the city of Mumbai being just that- actual change makers and possibly the only reason Mumbai will see the light of a better day in future days to come. The reason we say this is because, besides the thousands of secondary school students who are part of the Green Schools, we are slowly but steadily also having a number of sessions with children from younger classes. We earlier did a mixed session for the boys from the 4th to the 9th standard of St. Joseph High School, Wadala. But our last session was exclusively for the students of the Junior Eco Club of St. Stanislaus School, Bandra and it was possibly one of the most positive sessions we have ever had as the GreenLine team.

The session’s matter was highly diluted to adjust to the mindsets of eight-nine year olds, but as the session progressed, we realized that these boys had a keen interest in what they observed all around them: an environment that was brilliant, now slowly and surely being degraded to a large extent. These boys were also amongst the most environmentally-conscious students we have ever come across, drawing the connection between the environment and everyday-life much better than their older counterparts. The answers to all of the questions were quick and honest, more often than not leading to the boys bursting into laughter every once in a while. Quite a few boys also explained how they did small little things like asking strangers to not litter, or close public tanks when they found one. The boys sat in rapt attention through the two movies, and then were even quick to do the activities that were prepared for them. The final part of “Cut the Flush” was explained to them and they seemed very excited to try it out and also tell others about it.
We would like to thank the Principal of the Primary School and Teacher Bindu for having us take this fun and light session, which made us realize that though one is small in size and age, it doesn’t necessary mean that they can’t do things to make the world a better place for all!

Lonavla's Biggest EVS Club all Set to Save Water!

March 14, 2011

Imagine you are a painter and have a nice clean canvas in front of you, and your client has asked for a painting depicting Nature at her best. So you decide different color schemes-- no matter how you look at it, you know right form the start that greens, browns and hues of blues are going to be the primary colors to use. Then you think of different elements in the painting, and you will most probably have imagined a stream, lots and lots of trees and mountainsides and cear blue skies. You would also perhaps depict man living his everyday life, thankful to be in the place he is, going about doing his own thing.   That's exactly how Lonavla is- or at least was until maybe the last decade or so. A beautiful canvas of nature at its best, bountifully blessed with mountain tops and valleys, lakes and greenery as far as the eye could look. With epic beauty of such proportions, it is easy to realize that human habitation slowly,  but surely started taking over the serenity of the place, and with the advent of the modern Indian toursit here, the place started losing a bit of its natural and hence, to a degree, its historical grace. 

Anyway, the GreenLine team reached this still-very-similar-to-heaven destination for three sessions. While the first two sessions were held at Auxilium Convent High School, the third and final session was held at Don Bosco High School. The student group that we met here was without a doubt the most colorful and varied group of students. Well, to put it simply, the colored part came from the fact that being such a large group of varied students, a lot of them were not in uniform; something that we had gotten accustomed to having been to only schools in Mumbai. Earlier. More interestingly, when we say the students in the group were varied, think a hundred and fifty students right from the fifth standard to the Twelfth  Standard! The session over here was pretty interesting for a variety of reasons. Firstly, sitting right in the lap of nature, it is quite a task to explain the need for conservation, because unlike the city of Mumbai, this place has a lot of nature all around. However, the students here did have a good understanding that saving nature is something that needs to be looked into with full conviction. The students explained some of the problems that were faced over here, and also showed that they were interested in saving the beauty that surrounded them. Hence, it was no surprise then, that following the two GreenLine movies the students were all excited about taking part in the 'My School Saves Water' Challenge! 

With an EVS club as dynamic as Don Bosco High School, Lonavla, the schools back in Mumbai could very well be looking at their stiffest competition coming from outside. We would like to thank Fr. Lorenzo, Sir William and the EVS Club for having us for the session here, hoping to see all of the people very soon, and also wishing everyone All the Best for their new venture!

Auxilium High school, Lonavla aboard the green scene!

14th December, 2011

   It was a chilly Thursday morning as we headed to Auxilium High School, Lonavla a new participant in the Green Schools Campaign. As we browsed through the school, we noticed that this school was by far the cleanest school we’ve visited with hardly any litter around the campus. There were about 300 students present for the session accompanied with their teachers and Principal Sr. Suzan.
  The first session was with the decorous and vibrant girls from Class 7th.  These girls were receptive from the start and were willing to make a difference to make Planet Earth a better place to live in. There was a screening of the GreenLine Movie, ‘Planet Earth’, following which, there was a short discussion on the different issues reflected in the movie.  The girls answered all the questions adeptly and also gave in their inputs as to how one could go about conserving the environment ,so far as to even committing themselves to this cause by making paper bags and distributing them to the vendors around their school campus. Next, Alden spoke about the ‘My School Saves Water Challenge’ which would assist the girls to save water in their schools and in their own homes. The girls accepted the challenge and agreed to strive to become green minded individuals.

        After this, the GreenLine team had another session with the girls from Class 8th.  Another enthusiastic lot of girls all ready to contribute their bit to save the Planet! Fr. Savio commenced the session by introducing the girls to the Green Schools Campaign, followed by the GreenLine Movie. The girls were all ears while watching the movie and after the screening the girls said that we need to make collective efforts to save the environment before the last straw is pulled. Fr.Savio proposed the idea of Waste audit in their school and segregation of waste. The girls complied to carry out his activity in their schools.
                We wish the girls of Auxilium High School, Lonavla the very best as they step out to nurture nature for a better future~

Andreans take up the Green Challenge

13th December 2011
            Team GreenLine had its second session at St. Andrew's High School, Bandra today. The Std. IX boys attended the session. They were one excited lot, with oodles of energy!The session commenced with Fr. Savio explaining the Green Schools Campaign to the students – the previous session had been attended by Std. X and hence this group was new to the Campaign.  He then moved on to the topic for our current session – 'Water' – and engaged the boys in a short discussion on this issue. 
      Next, there was the screening of the GreenLine documentary on 'Water', following which the boys articulated the different concerns surrounding water supply in Mumbai. Jessica then gave the boys a further insight on each of these concerns. Finally, Alden presented the 'My School Saves Water Challenge', which would help the boys to minimize wastage and conserve water in their school, and most importantly, in their Homes.

In the entrance lobby of the school, you see displayed on the wall the slogan: ‘Proud to be an Andrean’. Well, the St. Andrew’s boys now have a great opportunity to make their school proud, by working to create a greener environment!  

St. Anthony's High School Versova's All Set to Save Water

December 9, 2011 

Friday morning saw us heading to St. Anthony's High School Versova, for its first session in this year's Green School's Campaign. The session began with Father Savio introducing the team to the students and the concept of the campaign, and also easing them into the idea of how saving the environment and protecting that which provides life to us, is a good idea. The students here were very receptive to the ideas and suggestions that we made, and it was good to see the level of involvement that these students wanted to show! After the introduction, the children watched with keen interest the documentary on Water, followed by careful scrutiny of the information that Jessica provided for the water statistics of the city of Mumbai. This was then followed by an excited bunch of students getting all set to do all of the water activities that Alden told the students they had to complete in order to be a real cool school!

Smells like Green Spirit at St.Pius X,Mulund

 10th December 2011

           A warm welcome aboard to St.Pius X as they join in the Green Schools Campaign for the year! This school is amidst a clean neighborhood indeed and the Piusites are certainly a boisterous bunch. 

           Today was our first session with the Piusites. Alden gave a brief introduction about the Green Schools Campaign. He asked them what was their take on the current issues regarding the environment and received some ingenious answers. They said that we are destroying our home, 'Earth' but there are number of ways to take care of it but the change starts with each one of us! 
        Next, he eased the boys into the topic for the current session on 'water'. We had a screening of the GreenLine Movie on 'Water', followed by another interactive discussion with the boys about the issues raised on water supply in Mumbai. The boys were quick with their answers and open to the idea that we all can tackle this problem. Then Jessica elucidated on the various facts and figures with regards to water shortage and wastage in our Mumbai city. The boys were quite startled by these statistics and asserted that they wanted to show they do value water. Alden then gave the boys a set of challenges to carry out that would help them conserve water. The boys willingly volunteered to take charge of the different activities. 

             Nearing the end of the session, the forty boys present for the session formed the new Nature Club at Pius with the consent of their teacher. We hope that St.Pius gets involved in the green scene and wish them the very best!

Fort Convent, Colaba Girls Get Ready to Green South Mumbai!

With each school that our team covers in the Green Schools Campaign, we realize one thing: We are witness to the growth of a number of possible environmentalists all over, children who understand  that the environment is not something external but something that encompasses us all, each and every day. With the answers they provide and the questions they pose, it really is heartening to see that at least in the younger generations of our population, there are a lot more who believe that Mother Earth is in need of urgent care. One such School that we found no different from this growing idea is Fort Convent High School, Colaba, and as always it was great to be here for a session.

The girls of this school are an enthusiastic bunch-- They had quick answers for almost all of the questions  we asked them and were also unlike most of us adults, quick to accept that we are wasteful, at least when we are speaking about water! We showed the students a documentary clip on water and followed these up with sessions by Jessica and Alden. Throughout the presentations, we knew that the students were giving, smart mindful answers today, proof that they were serious about making the world a better place to live in. It took them 3 seconds to all raise their hands when asked if they wanted to join in in the 'My School Saves Water Challenge'. We wish the girls from here the very best in their endeavor!

St. Anne’s Colaba Gets Going

7th December 2011

South Bombay has a charm of its own. Not only does it boast of its architectural grandeur, but it can also be proud of its natural beauty. Unfortunately, this is rapidly changing. While once that part of Bombay greeted you with its majestic trees and pretty gardens, today it assaults you with garbage strewn sidewalks and suffocating vehicular pollution. No wonder then, that the residents of this area are visibly upset. And not just the adults, even the children are angry that their environment has been so badly destroyed. And yes, they want to put things right. This eagerness to better the environment was more than visible during our first session at St. Anne’s High School, Colaba this afternoon. The 80 or more girls who were present for the session were extremely vocal in their resolve to do all it takes to turn the tide, to stop any further destruction of nature, to put back a smile on the face of Mother Earth.

Being our introductory session at this school, we began by screening the GreenLine film on Planet Earth, and followed this up with a discussion on the different ways in which the Earth is presently being destroyed. The insights shared by the young students were truly amazing! “By destroying our natural surroundings, not only are we hurting the earth, we are also causing a trauma for ourselves,” one of the students pointed out.  “All the organisms are connected, and by destroying some, we are causing a problem for all,” said another girl. The screening of the GreenLine film on Water, led to yet another animated discussion. “It may be possible to survive without food, but who can survive without water?” one of the students rhetorically asked. The students were also quick to point out that we are creating problems for ourselves through the callous way in which we treat water. The ‘My Schools Saves Water Challenge’ was accepted by them with wholehearted enthusiasm. Possibly, even as this blog post is being written, they have got down to working on some of the water saving tasks! Thanks to these young environmentalists, South Bombay will definitely see better days in the future! 

Get down to Save Water at St. Anne’s Malad

7th December 2011
  The nature club from St.Anne’s is indeed an amazing one and are already doing their bit to make their school more eco-friendly one. Alden started out the session by asking the students what efforts were taken up by them as a Nature Club since the previous session. The club members listed out number of activities they have carried out to promote the green movement in their school (for e.g. selling cloth bags on the day of  Open House and buying Coffee mugs for their teachers so as to prevent them from using paper/plastic cups, visiting the BNHS and Clean up Drive.etc).

          Following this, the GreenLine documentary ‘Value Water’ was shown to the children. The children spoke about the all the issues that were brought up in the movie and Jessica gave a detailed presentation regarding these issues. The children came up with various ways they could prevent wastage of water on their part. Then Alden gave them a set of tasks they could carry out to minimize water wastage in their schools and homes. The kids were excited to try out these tasks and we wish them all the best as they contribute their bit to conserve water.

Dominic Savio Saving up H2O !

Dominic Savio, Andheri
December 1, 2011

         Dominic Savio High School is located around ten minutes from Andheri Station but it took us Forty five minutes due to the bustling traffic. But once we arrived at Dominic Savio High School, the distressing experience was a worthwhile one. 
             The boys from Dominic Savio gave an impressive presentation on the waste auditing for their school, their various observations and how they intend to deal with the waste in the future. 

          We started the session asking the boys as to what is their take on water. The boys answered that water sustains life and is one of the most important resource on the planet. We screened a GreenLine Movie ‘Water’ following which the boys listed out difficulties surrounding water supply in Mumbai. Then, Jessica elaborated further on these issues with a presentation. On realizing the amount of water wasted in the city on a daily basis, the boys wanted to reduce this wastage. So Alden gave them set of activities that the boys could take up to minimize the wastage of this precious resource. The boys were very enthusiastic to do these activities. 
            Wishing them all the best as they advance to conserve water in their schools and neighborhoods!

Our Lady of Good Counsel all Excited about Saving Water!

30 November 2011

Right outside Sion Railway Station is located the Our Lady of Good Counsel School. One would never ever know there is a school here if not for the hordes of school students once the school bell has rung. For one, it's outside one of the city's most crowded stations, and then there is the intersection that it is at, with a traffic from both the Central and the Western Suburbs, and a skywalk barely five meters outside its gate! Phew! From an outsider's point of view, it would be difficult to understand, that inside it is a whole different world. One can barely hear any of the noise that the crowds outside make, yet there is commotion and excitement all around. Inside, the students are an equally noisy bunch, but that is like any other school anywhere in the world.

Such a batch of students is what forms the Nature Club of OLGC School, Sion. Enthusiasm and answers through out is what we always get when we come for the GreenLine session over here. The students all seem very excited about each session, right from watching the videos and presentations to answering a plethora of questions on any environmental topics given to them. The students at the session told us that they conducted eco-interviews following the last session. The students are now all excited about saving water in the school, their own homes, and eventually throughout their neighborhoods... We wish the students the very best!

Let’s be water efficient at Auxilium wadala

1st December, 2011

The nature club from Auxilium High School at Wadala has around 100 members and this is indeed double the amount of members that we usually find in any school. Our second session here began with a presentation from the girls on the Waste Audit that they had conducted, and suggestions on how they would do their best to reduce waste on their part.  It was great to see the girls in Auxilium Wadala wanted to introduce certain changes in their lifestyles to make their school more eco-friendly. The GreenLine team added in a few more ideas that the girls could take up and become a zero garbage school. 

We then moved on to the topic of ‘Value Water’. The girls were shown a GreenLine documentary on the issues concerning water in Mumbai. After watching the movie, the girls gave in their inputs that Water is our lifeline and we must save water today so that it will be available to us in the future. Next, Jessica enlightened the girls about how much water we consume and waste on a daily basis. Alden, then gave them a set of challenges that they could take up to use water wisely and care for it in their school and surroundings. 

The girls believe that ‘A whole lot of people saving little bit of water adds up to whole lot’ and accepted the challenge saying that they would do their bit to do so. All the best to Auxilium as you progress to be more water efficient!