At the 27th Session of Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the India Pavilion hosted a side event on “Transformative Green Education: Experiences from India”, on November 14, 2022.
This side event involved deliberations by officials and experts from the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH highlighting the need to encourage a sustainable lifestyle for the environment among children through innovative techniques, tools and methods.
Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India delivered the keynote address and released a book (both print and digital versions), calendar, postcards, bookmarks, and posters based on paintings by Indian school children on sustainable lifestyles, collected by the NMNH.
On this occasion the Minister also released a short video on green transformative education. Experiences from India were also shared in the panel discussion.
Addressing the gathering at India Pavilion, Egypt and children who joined virtually from India, the minister congratulated all the children who actively contributed to this campaign and said:
“We have not inherited this earth from our ancestors but we have borrowed it from our children. It is a loan we have got from them and it is our responsibility to lead a sustainable life so that our children have a safe place to live.”
To inculcate the environment friendly lifestyle among the school children, NMNH organized a national level painting competition for the school students of class 6th to 8th on the theme – “Lifestyle for Environment” through colours.
Over 16000 entries were received from the children from 24 states of the country. The entries presented a broad perspective of the children on the environment and their thoughts on how they would love to see their environment in the years to come.
The paintings thus collected will be utilised in calendars, posts card, bookmarks, books and videos in collaboration with GIZ India. The selected paintings of this competition were displayed at the COP27 side event at the India Pavilion.