Teacher's Orientation Programme 2020-21

Are we ready for Sustainability?

Teachers Orientation programme report

On 25 July 2020, GreenLine, Mumbai kicked off the 11th edition of our Green Schools Campaign. This year’s Teacher’s Orientation Programme was held virtually on Google Meets and saw 45 teachers from schools all over Mumbai participating.

The event started with the introduction of the theme for this year's campaign - "Sustainability & Me" through a thought-provoking video on how sustainability is more than just an eco-friendly lifestyle; it is the amalgamation of social progress, economic development, and climate & environment consciousness.

The Director of GreenLine, Fr. Chris Valentino officially launched the Green Schools Campaign for 2020-2021. Using the quote, "All living beings are interrelated, interconnected and interdependent", Fr. Chris Valentino brought to light the state of society today which has forgotten the concept of holistic living in its quest for money and power. He urged the audience to reinstate this forgotten concept by leading a life of dharma (holistic living by making fair use of resources). Relating it to our theme, he informed the audience about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the 4 SDGs we will be tackling this year through the. The campaign which are:

SDG 2 - Zero Hunger

SDG 13 - Climate action &

SDG 14 & 15 - Life on land and life below the land.

The Guest speaker, Ms Lalita Ashtekar-Poyarkrekar, a former judge of All India Radio for audio Wildlife Quiz Competition. She has worked with WWF India for implementation of Maharashtra state project in environment awareness 'Ek Prithvi', is a goal-driven and highly passionate environmentalist. She added insight into how biodiversity is interwoven with our daily lives and pointed out how by making minor changes to our lifestyle can have a positive impact on biodiversity and the ecosystem as a whole.

Addressing the COVID-19 crisis, the GreenLine Team announced that this year’s edition of the campaign, Green Schools Campaign 2020-2021, will be conducted completely digitally. The teachers were briefed about the Campaign’s new structure which will still include sessions and workshops. The goal of the campaign is to encourage our teachers and students to lead a sustainable lifestyle and provide environmentally feasible alternatives to the daily choices and habits that are also economically viable.

The programme ended on a high note with all our teachers set firm programme commitment to learn and adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

Monalisa Mukherjee

Programme Assistant