We are delighted to share a blog written by, Sree Keerthi a student at DRS International School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2019-20 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
Our first meeting gave us insight into the issues faced by our community and the world at large. We picked each other’s brains and realized that a staggering number of students are clueless about climate change and its effects, while it affects all and everyone should be concerned.
Personally, a conversation with a neighbor during Diwali festival taught me that students as well as their families are completely oblivious to climate action and what is happening around the world due to its effects.
Our project plan is to promote awareness among the student community and beyond. We plan to spark a conversation and initiate change among the student community because climate change is a real time problem with real people who are set to suffer the consequences. We need to act and act now. Therefore we thought of planting more plants specially air purifying plants and teach its importance to all.
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As a team we developed a deeper understanding of climate change. We learned the causes and consequences which has started affecting people around the world. We also developed patience because the journey that we chose is not one that will start off easy and show immediate results. We know that we have a long way to go as a team and as individuals. Starting the project and discussing the details gave us a new found hope for future of our team and the planet.
Our biggest challenge is to show people how serious is the problem and dangers we are facing because people dismiss easily for immediate benefit. They don’t find it convincing as they justify their immediate needs and benefits. We plan to convince them with clear facts and statistics about climate change; the earth’s rising temperature, wildfires, melting glaciers and rising air pollutions and global warming.
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We look forward to take more action. We would definitely encourage people of all ages and demographics to get involved in projects similar to ours because no amount of help can be considered too much at this point. Planting trees and keeping our plastic usage to a minimum is a small step every individual can and should take to do their part in the society.
The 2019-20 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2020. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.