Green Living Association

‘My Green Campus’ activity -Fall 2021

Under its campaign ‘Post COVID Climate’, Green Living Association has launched its new activity ‘My Green Campus’ to inspire students, their families and schools’ administrations work collectively in making their campus Cleaner and Greener. By keeping our homes, campuses and communities cleaner and greener we can collectively contribute to address the crucial dangers of Climate Change. The experts at IPCC (Intra Governmental Panel on Climate Change) are frequently calling the nations to reduce their carbon impact to avoid a rise of 1 to 3oC rise in the global atmospheric temperature. If the world community of the nations couldn’t manage to address the rise in global atmospheric temperature the global humanity and animal species will have to face severe impacts of climate change ranging from glacier melts, rise in oceanic temperatures, eliminating of multiple islands, severe heat waves, wild fires, urban flooding and heavier monsoon rains.

My Green Campus‘ is a green activity for students from preschool to 12th grade, to prepare, guide and train them  in developing their school’s campus into a greener (environment friendly) campus as a unified and organized school community. Developing a Green Campus is a major step forward in the development of a greener community in the way towards making our homeland greener and cleaner. Our collective endeavour in successfully defeating the four intensive waves of COVID-19 gives us confidence to set another positive example for rest of the world based on the lessons learned from COVID-19. My Green Campus activity aims at introducing environmental excellence in teaching, learning and operational practices in the development of a Greener Campus. The core values ​​of the activity include ecological protection, conservation, rational use of resources and environmental management leading to sustainable development.

In the post-COVID Pakistan, the collective efforts of students, their families, and school staff can help develop self-sustaining, resource-smart campuses that have a greener impact not just on campus but across the community. If, as a community, we can turn our attention and resources to creating ecological improvements to the landscape and make significant progress in addressing complex interrelated problems, we can build a greener Pakistani nation in the near future in developing a Greener Planet.

In making the activity even more inspiring Green Living Association has announced a wide range of prizes and awards for Green Stewards besides offering Green Certification to each participant. Other prizes include Rs. 100,000 Cash Prize, Laptop Cooling and Radiation Control Stands, Gold and Silver Medals, Green Stewards Insignias and Honour Shields.

All students from preschool to grade 12 can participate in My Green Campus activity which is classified into 3 categories in accordance with the educational grades of the students.

Category 1 (Grades preschool to 3),           Category 2 (Grades 4 to 7)        

Category 3 (Grades 8 to 12)

Students can join the activity collectively through their school/ campus administration, as, no individual participation is accepted.           

Upon receipt of the blank worksheets from Green Living, campus administration is to deliver them to the participants and allow them to take the worksheets home (to work in partnership with their families) and ask them to return the filled worksheets within the allotted time.

While filling in the worksheets, Green Stewards and their supporters are to consult their respective categories’ guidebooks, which are available on the website of Green Living Pakistan. Click on the banner above to approach ‘My Green Campus Guidebooks’.

Climate change and COVID-19 are two very different challenges, but they do have some key things in common. Both are global – they do not respect national boundaries – and both require countries to work together to find solutions. And certainly there is much more to learn from COVID-19 to protect our environment. 

To meet this need and to leverage this opportunity, we believe the stakeholders would benefit from considering three questions:

  • What lessons can be learned from the current pandemic for climate change?
  • What implications—positive or negative—could our pandemic responses hold for climate action?
  • What steps we could take collectively to align our immediate pandemic response with the imperatives of sustainability?

Potential lessons from the current pandemic

Understanding the similarities, the differences, and the broader relationships between pandemics and climate risk is a critical first step if we are to derive practical implications that inform our actions.

Creating a new ‘NORMAL’

It has been around two years since Covid-19 began to emerge. We are learning how to contain the virus better and good progress is being made on vaccines. And while many countries continue to face long and difficult lockdowns, many are hopeful that the world can start returning to some semblance of normal next year.[1]

But we need to talk about “normal” which gifted us pollution, disease, global warming and climate change. Normal helped create COVID-19 by eroding wild spaces and bringing people into closer contact with diseases that can transmit between humans and animals. So normal brought us more than one million people dead, livelihoods in ruins and the biggest global recession since the Great Depression.

We cannot go back to our old ‘normal’. Instead we must go forward, charting a future where we focus our energies on building low-carbon, nature-positive economies and societies. Part of the change must come through pandemic recovery stimulus packages that align our economies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and international processes that target healthy biodiversity. We need to invest much more in nature-based solutions, sustainable agriculture, renewables, conservation and green and blue infrastructure. Such large-scale investments can bring massive returns. Between now and 2030, the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems could generate $9 trillion (£6.5 trillion) in ecosystem services and remove up to 26 gigatonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

[1] Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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