Dear Kind Supporter,
We have just completed one phase of the Green Rhinos Program in Kolkata, India, and are very happy to share the results with all of you!
One of the most compelling success stories in this phase was that of Maheshtala Girls School – a government school where most students are from families below the poverty line. These young leaders took it upon themselves to simultaneously beautify their school and conserve biodiversity by creating a butterfly park around their school field. They studied local species in Kolkata, met with butterfly experts and became very skilled at identifying and attracting butterflies to their garden. Since then, they have maintained a log of species and their frequency. Not only has the project been a resounding success, the girls themselves have received a huge boost in their self-confidence and leadership skills.
Another success story is that of Gonipur High School. These students organized themselves into teams to document local biodiversity in their areas. They managed to make lists of trees, birds and insects that they encountered near their school, and are working to put these on a map so that they can find the most diverse and valuable green spaces around them.
Other successful projects include introducing waste management systems, creating plastic-free zones and engaging local people to stop dumping waste in a creek. Overall, we are very pleased with the creativity and hard work of the city’s youth, and excited to work in six different locations across the country!
The team of 2400 Green Rhinos is going strong! They are in the National Capital Region (NCR), Kolkata, Siliguri and Sundarbans.
Green Rhinos in the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, have created tree plantation projects, raised over 2000 saplings and have planted over 20,000 trees. They are in the process of maintaining these saplings to prevent soil erosion and create habitats for wildlife.
The only girls’ school in Kultali Community Development Block, Debipur Karunamoyee Balika Bidyayatan in the Sundarbans started with a garbage cleaning drive in 2012 after which garbage pits were installed in their school. Since then they are also doing composting of food waste.
Green Rhinos of Sri Sri Academy School in Kolkata, conducted a campaign to curb sound pollution outside their school. In their opinion the honking of car horns has reduced as a result of their campaign.
Currently Green Rhinos in Kolkata schools have begun to study and record local wildlife, including populations of butterflies, migratory birds and trees. They are planning to clean up a local water body and have begun setting up sustainable waste management solutions in their schools.
In Siliguri, Green Rhinos are working to make their schools water and energy efficient and are setting up waste management systems within the school premises.
The Green Rhinos Program aims not only to secure a green future for the world, it also aims to create a generation of environmentally conscious leaders. If these young people are an indication of the future, it looks bright.
Please consider helping us reach more schools with this program!
Thank you for the support!
The ASED Team
The Green Rhinos Program in India is well underway. This year we are involving over 1,000 schoolchildren from the nation’s largest cities as well as small villages. Besides having a tremendous amount of fun on the seminar and workshop days, we have consistently received positive feedback from both school authorities and the students themselves regarding the Green Rhinos Program, particularly the improved abilities of the students to plan and execute complex projects as well as the boost they get in their self-esteem and confidence (apart from their increased love for nature!).
Some updates from the projects themselves:
- In Kolkata, students have begun to study and record local wildlife, including populations of butterflies, migratory birds and trees. They are planning to clean up local water bodies and have also begun setting up sustainable waste management solutions in their schools.
- In the Sundarbans, a rural coastal community, students have planted over 20,000 trees and are in the process of maintaining these saplings to prevent soil erosion and create habitats for wildlife.
- In Siliguri, students have worked to make their schools water and energy efficient and are setting up waste management systems within the school premises.
- Though projects have not yet been planned in Delhi, the students have been active participants in seminars and activities related to biodiversity and are very eager to get their hands dirty doing on-the-ground work (literally and figuratively)!
We have a set of very committed, excited young people who are ready to make their visions for a clean, green future come true!
Since 2012 till now we have created over 2000 Green Rhinos. Our aim is to create 5000 Green Rhinos by December 2016. We need your support!!