Newsletter : 1- 31 May 2016 Vol. : 77   


Green Wave hits Earth

Green Wave Campaign is a global tree planting campaign of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which marks the celebration of 22nd May as International Day for Biological Diversity. CEE has collaborated with CBD on educational efforts in the promotion of Aichi Biodiversity Targets, Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 in particular (‘by 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably’).

CEE has been running this campaign for CBD since 2014. CEE has been able to promote it successfully despite the extreme heat of the summer on 22 May across the country, when the survival rates of any plantation are the least.

This year too, the campaign received greater attention from several groups; students, teachers, government institutions, NGO’s and business houses. The plantation activity was carried out in range of habitats like Coasts, Western Ghats and Himalayas. Schools across the country from Telangana, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Sikkim and others participated in the campaign and planted their favourite tree saplings.

The diversity of trees varied from region to region, while most planted saplings were Neem (Azadirachta indica), Pongamia (Pongamia pinnata), Mango (Mangifera indica) and Banayan (Ficus benghalensis) which have a range of uses from medicine to food were planted. In total more than 110 tree saplings were planted across India.

This year CEE tried to promote the campaign in other parts of the globe through its various networks like UNESCO’s ASPNet (Associated Schools Program) and Regional Centers of Excellance (RCE). 10 Schools from UNESCO ASP Net network in Brazil actively participated in the campaign.



Wildlife Workshop and Talk at Sundarvan

Sundarvan, Ahmedabad is an activity centre of Centre for Environment Education and recognized as Mini Zoo by the Central Zoo Authority. Sundervan is organizing an ‘Odonate Workshop’ a ‘Photo Exhibition’ and a Talk on ‘Wildlife of Central India’ from 26th June to 3rd July. Read More







Project ‘Swachhagraha’ draws inspiration from one of the largest movements- Satyagraha which catalysed action, by winning over people’s hearts through tremendous patience and perseverance, instilling in the Indian mind, dignity and self respect. The project aims to engage people and bring about change similar in scale to India’s freedom movement where people get involved to take action for ‘Creating a culture of cleanliness’

‘Swachhagraha’ is about promoting civic consciousness amongst citizens through youth leaders. Read More





Hand Print for Change

Hand Print for Change is a program being offered for this year 2016-2017, in selected schools in the 5 southern states of India. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerela. The program will focus on project based learning to enhance the understanding of sustainable development in students by blending the science and the social science concepts. The programme will help to prepare students to face the challenges of environmental sustainability in their own spheres of influence.

The five thematic areas are

1. Biodiversity

2. Energy

3. Food

4. Waste

5. Water and sanitation

Participating schools will form a “Hand Print Club” comprising of 60 / 60+ interested students from standard 7, 8 and 9th. The School would develop an Action Project Plan for their School. Action Project would be based on the problem solving approach based on the topic of concern within the themes selected by the school. Read More