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  • Green Olympiad – TERI’s clarion-call to “Go Green”:India’s pioneer environment Olympiad for school students on September 29th 2007

    5 June 2007

    Ever since its inception The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has come a long way in strengthening human and institutional capacity on nature conservation and environmental protection, with the help of environment education and allied activities. With intent to catch the young minds, especially school students and orient them towards environment stewardship, TERI is holding its annual Green Olympiad examination on 29th September, this year.

    With an innate belief that children are the caretakers of the planet and investing in them today ensures a more habitable planet, TERI designed the Green Olympiad in an innovative manner so as to test the knowledge of students in the field of environment, and in turn create awareness about key issues touching our daily lives.

    "The project has a huge potential of social acceptance as it is a direct investment made towards development of an education foundation through environment friendly approaches. This project has made a place for itself in the academic calendar of the schools and it will form an environmentally enlightened leadership in the year 2047, when India celebrates one hundred years of independence. Our ultimate goal is to create an 'Environment Conscious Informed National Network' through the Green Olympiad," says Dr R K Pachauri, Director General of TERI.

    This annual initiative by TERI since 1999 has proven to be an excellent tool to sensitize children on environmental problems, reaching out to geographical regions across the country and abroad, where otherwise children get limited opportunities to participate in such an extensive exercise. The Green Olympiad culminates in TERRAQUIZ, a multi-episode environment quiz programme shown on National TV, where students through out the country are divided into four zones - North, South, East and West and international schools forming the fifth group.

    The questions are so designed to test knowledge of students evolving from environment topics of daily concern such as water, energy, air, forest, biodiversity, climate and sustainable development. The winners of this quiz show are crowned "Environment Ambassadors" for the year and they receive awards and recognition for their performance. Special merit certificates are awarded by Ministry of Environment and Forests, (MoEF) Government of India, who has been actively supporting the programme for the past several years.

    "A trend of repeat participation from schools is observed, reflecting Green Olympiad's popularity and acceptance within the school network. Knowing that the last date for registration is 15th August, 2007, our website, is having a huge traffic with requests for more school additions this year." says Livleen Kahlon, Project Officer for Green Olympiad at TERI.