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Dream to Save the Green – Custodians for Earth

We are delighted to share a blog written by student Chanuth Dahamdive, from Lyceum International School, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, who is part of team Dream to Save the Green delivering a Global Goals project for the 2020-21 GSL 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. 

The challenge of making this earth green, gives us the experience of making decisions collaboratively and enhances our innovative ideas, skills and our team spirit.

Project Summary

This campaign is organized to save our mother earth from global warming. It is our prime duty and responsibility to save this planet for our future generation and teach them how to continue living sustainably. Green is the foremost important colour a living being must love. It reflects how prosperous a particular country is. Trees play a major role in our lives. They purify the air we breathe, provide us food shelter and many more that words cannot explain.

This project basically aims to bring awareness among the people about the value of nature, especially the value of trees.

Deforesting brings a huge impact on global warming. The local community suffers from excess heat which cannot be borne by people or animals. Deforesting can cause climate changes, desertification, and so on. Considering the above-mentioned issues we, the Global Social Leaders of Lyceum International School – Kurunegala decided to launch this “Dream to Save the Green” project with a hope of contributing and bringing awareness of making this world a sustainable one, by planting 100000 trees all around the world in collaboration with some foreign countries.

Our Journey

GSL inspired me and my team a lot to take part in many activities. It was indeed really challenging to do this project virtually. Communicating with people was a huge challenge; therefore, we had to develop a plan to work collaboratively with other people. This project taught us many lessons and inculcated values within us when we engaged in activities. This project also helped us to develop our leadership qualities while enhancing the skills of decision making. Working with a strong bond and having a great team spirit made us understand the way of approaching a task in a positive manner.

The skills of planting, fertilizing, watering, composting are some of the new skills we gained as a team. I feel that this project has provided me a lot of learning opportunities and helped me to develop myself as a confident individual. While leading the team, I was able to discover my strengths and learn to overcome my weaknesses.

As I mentioned earlier there were some challenges which we had to face in this project. Planting 100000 plants all around the world was not a easy task. Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, talking to the public, interviewing people all around the world, organizing awareness programs were all planned according to the health and safety guidelines given by the Ministry of Health. All the team gatherings were done online and it was really challenging. Though we faced many challenges, we enjoyed overcoming those challenges.

Our Next Chapter

The next phase of our project is to spread this tree planting concept in a vast area. This is the stage where we have planned to get the involvement of our government and make all citizens aware of this worthy cause and make awareness of the importance of planting trees in order to save our mother nature and motivate them to join hands with us by planting trees.

I also would like to invite all the students from the government schools to get involved in this project while following all the safety measures. Once they involve in this project they will realize how important it is to save our planet earth today for us to have a better tomorrow.

The 2020-21 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2021. If you belong to one of the 500+ 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.