Bhoomi Network Team
Schools, parents and children are focused on exams, college education and careers. While this may be considered natural, can we prepare children also, for a future that will be upon us in 10, 20 or 50 years? When the major day to day issues our children will have to deal with will include wholesome food without chemicals, our water and energy sources becoming scarce and waste disposal becoming critical and so on. More importantly, many of these issues can perhaps be dealt with only through cooperation and local community involvement.
In environmental circles, one hears often about green schools or eco-schools. We are talking here of schools that practise principles of green living, not ones which merely include environmental sciences as an academic subject. Since Governments do not have documented data about such schools, we decided to look up websites. NGOs and International Organisations supported by the UN do have some data, which we present below.
We live in times of shifting priorities and market driven compulsions, yet many of us who are educationists or teachers do get pulled towards tuning in with Nature, doing our bit to reduce carbon emissions or adopt a more ecologically wise way of living.
Over a period of time, as we read about climate change in the papers, roll our eyes at the news about pesticides in our veggies and digest perspectives from magazines like Eternal Bhoomi – this pull ‘to do something’ becomes a little stronger…