Green Schools Mela and Awards Ceremony 2020

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Green Schools Mela and Awards Ceremony 2020 marked the end of another successful campaign. This year's theme, Breathe Free, aimed at making our campaigners aware of the facts of air pollution that do not make it to their textbooks and empowering them with the knowledge to combat this invisible threat to their health and the environment around them.

This year our campaigners amazed us with their innovativeness and persistence at making more people aware of this problem and GreenLine Mumbai are proud to be associated with all such talented campaigners and their committed teachers for helping make the campaign a successful one.

2019 has been the year where young leaders have spoken up about the urgency for change. This Green Schools Awards Ceremony our campaigners were lucky to have 2 youngsters who have taken the lead, to start working towards a better future for themselves. We had Ms. Aadya Joshi, a grade 11 student from American School of Bombay and Master Glenn Pinto, a grade 3 student from Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School (ICSE) as Chief Guests this year.

Ms. Aadya Joshi is a passionate advocate for native flora in our city and has even gone the extra mile to share the knowledge she has gained with school children, adults, corporates and municipal authorities through workshops, and even facilitates the development of native biodiversity gardens. Ms Aadya has shown us that passion when translated to action can help move mountains.

Master Glenn Pinto is an 8 year old eco-warrior who has been a volunteer with RUR GreenLife for their 'Go Green with Tetra Pak Recycling' initiative since he was 3.5yrs old. He is leading by example, not only does he dedicates his time on weekends for this green initiative but he has also inspired his friend to join him on this initiative.

Taking inspiration from both these Champions of Change we hope our Green School Campaigners and our teachers are sparked to take action today to make a better tomorrow, a better world. After all age is just a number, the will to take action is all that's needed!

We GreenLine believe that power to change the future lies in each and every one of us as long as we are willing to make small changes in our own lifestyles. This year we at GreenLine Mumbai are proud to share with you that the Green Schools Award ceremony2020 was a zero waste event with a crowd of 250 individuals. We'd like to thank TRibal TAdka Women Of Aarey and our very own campaigners and teachers for complying with us and bringing their own cutlery with them. The plastic bottles they used for serving Kokam sharbat are sterilized and reused thereby reducing the plastic waste while it's reused. Change starts with action, with a thought that is allowed to nurture and with hands willing to help. We hope that this event is the first in many to come.

Anoushka Viegas

Programme Coordinator