Environmental Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT)

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Environmental Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT)

The Environment Education (EE) Division implements the Central Sector scheme – “Environment Education, Awareness and Training (EEAT)”, which was launched in the financial year 1983-84. The Scheme aims inter alia to promote environmental awareness and mobilize student’s participation for environment conservation. Major programmes operational under the Scheme are as follows.

National Green Corps (NGC) Programme:

MoEF&CC embarked upon a major initiative for creating environmental awareness among children by formulating National Green Corps (NGC) in 2001-02. There are around 1,60,000 Eco-clubs in schools and colleges across the country. A financial assistance of Rs. 5,000/- per Eco-club is provided under this programme with a ceiling of 500 Eco-clubs per district for schools. In case of colleges the ceiling is 100 Eco-clubs per State. Some of the activities undertaken by Eco-clubs for generating environmental awareness include.
  • Awareness on solid waste management (waste segregation into biodegradable and non-biodegradable) through setting up 2-bins in schools– (1) Blue bin for dry waste like paper waste, glass waste, e-waste and (2) Green bin for wet waste.
  • Celebration of important environmental days in schools such as World Environment Day, World Wetland Day, Earth Day, etc. by organising debates, quiz, slogan competitions, drawing/poster competitions etc, on the related theme.
  • Plantation drives in and around the school campus.
  • Cleanliness drives.

 National Nature Camping Programme :

Providing ‘nature experience’ to children and teachers has huge potential to trigger sensitivity towards nature and its conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels. Under this programme, field visits (nature camps) are organized in different Protected Areas/ Nature Parks/ Tiger Reserves of the country for 3 days to create awareness amongst school/ college students on environment and nature. The activities undertaken includes ‘Apna Paryavaran Janiye’ (Know your Environment) by preparing small checklist of flora and fauna spotted by them in the nature trail, bird watching, trekking, green pledges, group discussions, sharing of experiences and other nature based activities.

Green Good Deeds:

The Green Good Deeds movement was launched in January 2018 as a social movement to bring about mass environmental awareness among society. The movement aims to encourage every citizen in the country to adopt green good deeds in his/ her daily life. The Green Good Deeds are also promoted in schools and colleges through the National Green Corps “Eco-club” programme.

Implementing Partners:

The various programmes under the EEAT Scheme are implemented in States/ Union Territories across the country through identified State Nodal Agencies (SNAs).
 

Ongoing activities – Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav:

In order to commemorate the 75th year of Independence of our country, the Government, through various Ministries, Departments and Organizations across the country, is organizing a 75 week-long “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav”. An outreach programme for promoting sustainable lifestyle – ‘Green Good Deed of the Week’ campaign is being organized since 12th March 2021 as a part of this Mahotsav through Eco-clubs. A few glimpses of the celebrations are given below.

Resting shed made using plastic wrappers by Eco-clubs of Sikkim

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Painting competition organized by Eco-clubs of Odisha

Painting competition

Bird nests out of waste cardboard boxes by Eco-clubs of Gujarat

Painting competition

Cleanliness drives by Eco-clubs of Nagaland

Eco-clubs of Nagaland

Plantation drives by Eco-clubs of Assam

Eco-clubs of Assam

Placing drinking water for birds by Eco-club students in Kerala

Eco-club students in Kerala