Seeds are being sown among schoolchildren with a hope of achieving a green and clean environment in the future. This is being done through a worldwide initiative called Greening With Goethe (GWG), an environmental programme based on the guidelines of Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations. GWG in 2012-13 was adjudged the official "Project of UNESCO World Decade" (2005-2014) by the UN.
With an eye to encourage environment-friendly living in the future, the GWG initiative, in its second edition, has seen at least 150 students from India register with the initiative.
GWG asks students to identify environmental issues around their neighbourhood and explore methods to save the environment.
The projects from the Bangalore students include turning terraces into agricultural gardens; converting gardens into purely organic ones utilising wet waste; scouting methods for safe disposal of e-waste; transforming parents' mindset about dropping their children in private transport in preference for public transport; encouraging non-motorised transport in the city; reviving dead lakes; and even bringing back butterflies to the city.
The students are guided by scientists from IISc and the Bremen University in Germany under the aegis of Goethe-Institute, Bangalore.
Eight Bangalore schools are participating in the initiative and each have registered four students for the initiative. The Bangalore schools include DPS (North, South and East), Indus International, KV NAL, KV Malleswaram, Mallya Aditi and Sarala Birla Academy.
The initiative will witness a three-day youth conference at the Satish Dhawan Auditorium in IISc on December 1, and will be graced by former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who will interact with the students.