GSP Carnival 2024: And the Award goes to…

  Souparno Banerjee, Sakshi Uniyal, Yogendra Anand |     March 31, 2024

The much awaited and eagerly anticipated Green Schools Carnival of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi was back on 30th January 2024. Against the backdrop of climate change and environmental degradation, the Carnival underscored the vital role of children and educators in championing sustainability-based initiatives. 

Through their collective efforts, it highlighted how they are transforming their schools into abodes of environmental consciousness and are undertaking action to save our planet for future generations... The Carnival poignantly reminded us of the urgency to mitigate our challenges, which is the core cause the Green Schools Programme (GSP) works on.

This year, the GSP audit had a record-breaking participation of 5,305 schools. Of these, the GSP team proudly certified 199 schools from diverse corners of the nation as ‘Green.’ 26 distinguished institutions clinched the coveted Annual Green Schools Award for their exceptional stewardship of environment-based issues.

Beyond schools, distinctions were bestowed upon for the best state and best district and the contributions of the most proactive educators were also recognised. Along with CSE’s Director General Sunita Narain, the award winners were felicitated by Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, Union Ministry of Education; Julia Marton Lefevre, former Director-General, IUCN; and Joyce Poan, Programme Specialist and Chief of Education, UNESCO India. The carnival offered much more than just accolades. The attendees were treated to a diverse and dynamic array of on-the-spot activities and events. From the annual climate change quiz to a showcase of the most innovative climate solutions—there was something catered for everyone.

The highlight of the morning was the Gobar Times (GT) fashion fiesta, in which students reimagined a GT cover as an innovative costume and walked the ramp. The best entries in each category received prizes and certificates.

More than just a celebration of achievements, the Green Schools Carnival 2024 was a testament to the power of education and community in driving a positive change. By empowering schools and their stakeholders, it laid the foundation for a greener and resilient future.

About the Author

Senior Director for Outreach, Publications, and Environment Education Unit in the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Programme Officer, Environment Education Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Illustrator, Art & Design, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

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