Stepping up for the Climate

More and more people realise the urgency for climate action. The planet is suffering from human behaviour. The communities that want to change this is growing day by day. Since December 2018 several movements have developed all over the world. Especially youth is taking the lead.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

DLDAV Model School

Class involved: Class 7 Zenith Wing (Cambridge)
Date: 26 July 2018
Venue: Mahatma Hansraj Auditorium , DLDAV MODEL SCHOOL


Introduction

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it and that is why sustainability has an important role to play. Sustainability is creating a world where everyone can have fulfilling lives and enjoy a rich level of well-being within the limits of what nature can provide. It means living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future. Students of grade 7 alluringly explained the meaning of sustainability and its importance to live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction.

Source: The World Bank

Source: The World Bank

Poem Recitation

A stimulating and inspirational poem on sustainability was recited by the students that clearly showcased the primary goals of Sustainability.

Street Play

A magnificent Street Play was performed by a group of students that aimed at
creating awareness about the importance of sustainability and the UN SDGs
2030 Agenda, that focussed on the following themes:

  • The end of poverty and hunger

  • Better standars of education and healthcare – particularly as it pertains
    to water quality and better sanitation

  • To achieve gender equality

  • Sustainable economic growth while promoting jobs and stronger economies

  • All of the above and more while tackling the effects of climate change, pollution and other environmental factors that can harm and do harm to people’s health, livelihoods and lives.

  • Sustainability to include health of the land, air and sea

The street play was adorned with melodious tracks and claps along with shlokas
in Sanskrit that projected importance of Gender Equality and Education for the
well being of the family.

The Play concluded with a Ramp Walk on SDGs wherein students expressed
their views on each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by UN with
placards showing the respective logos.

Dance Performance

The ensemble performance by the young stalwarts on ‘Heal the World’ – A song composed by Michael Jackson was an excellent portrayal of need of SDGs and the impact of implementation of these goals to attain a brighter and sustainable future.

Rise for Climate

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Life-Link Friendship Schools’ delegate and former Youth Chairperson, Nazanin Mehrin, attended the Rise For Climate March in San Francisco on September 8th, 2018. The main message of Rise for Climate March was to demand to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and increase green energy. Thousands of people marched to draw attention to global climate change ahead of The Global Climate Action Summit which took place from 12-14 September 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Thousands of activists, scientists, business leaders, entertainers, city mayors, and politicians from more than 100 nations gathered for this important event. Nazanin also served at The Global Climate Action Summit as a volunteer.

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Charades and Teamwork Encouragement

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This September at SSHL in Sigtuna, Sweden, the Life Link organization at school took part in a fair arranged by the student-run organizations for the school’s younger students, aged 13-16. The aim of the fair was to promote the selection of student-run organizations available at the school. The Life-Link student board at the school were quick to jump on the opportunity to introduce the students to two of the the three C’s; care for myself and care for others, through a fun game of team charades. The classes were divided into small groups, where individuals had to act out or mime words/actions provided to them, with the rest of the group trying to successfully guess as many as possible in five minutes.

Although light-hearted and fun, the game highlighted the importance of teamwork (caring for others) and how teamwork can, when applied correctly, contribute to a positive spirit and constructive processes where the end result can benefit from a vast array of knowledge and experiences. The students also learned that the positivity generated by constructive teamwork is good for oneself (care for myself), in the sense that it feels worthwhile and fulfilling to the individual. These skills are crucial for the future of sustainable development around the world, and teaching these skills from a young age will hopefully help build a stronger generation of leaders and global citizens.

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