Sustainable Smart Earth through Harita Week - Month
Creating awareness among school, college students, community, professionals through organizing various activities in the April month celebrated as Earth month, and Harita week spread around the year comprising workshop, training and other events based on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), system, and holistic approach
Thirteen Harita (Green) week (2nd June - 10 June, 2022): On the occasion of the national Herbs and Spices Day, members of HaritaDhara reused old plastic bottles for growing of herbal plants such as Lemon Grass, Coriander, Mint, ajwain leaves, and pipli. Besides this, students of our GOAL program came to know about medicinal properties of spices used in our home’s kitchen using medicinal plants game and interaction with Dr. Manisha, Ex. FRI researcher. HRDEF announced results of 52th UN Earth Day events conducted during the 9th Harita month on 8th June to mark the occasion of World Ocean Day in a webinar with international participants on a theme Only One Earth and Sustainable Action. Anant Bhaskar Garg, Regional Mentor of Change, AIM, NITI Aayog, and Director, HRDEF delivered a talk on Sustainable Development, SDGs, Climate Change, and Environmental issues to create awareness and capacity building among students. During Harita month 1270 students from 20 schools from India, abroad participated and showcased their creativity, innovation.
HRDEF implemented Eco-Bricks and recycle of plastic bottles, polythene, chips package to save carbon emission and released apps on Prevent Disasters, Youth4SDGs developed by Prayanshi. HRDEF organized an associated event during the Stockholm plus 50 on 2nd June on theme Only One Earth and celebrated WED on 5th June. Members of HRDEF talked about New Education Policy, Hands-on, Project based learning. Students of our GOAL program showed their creativity and innovation using waste plastics for water filter, sprinkler, and plant pot for restoring different ecosystems using STEAM in Designathon event. NavUrja Sanchar, a VIPNET club of HRDEF selected under Top 100 meritorious clubs of 2021, India by Vigyan Prasar, DST, GoI. These events are successful because of support from Principals, Teachers, Parents, Students, and HRDEF’s members Vijay Kumar, Suman Lata, Sushma, Prayanshi, Apoorve, A.k. Biyani, and special efforts from students.
Twelfth 12th Harita Week (2nd – 8th June, 2021): World Ocean Day was celebrated on 8th, in which students of GOAL program interacted. Further, Dr. Manisha Agarwal, Director, HRDEF involved in VIPNET, Vigyan Prasar event on Science behind Fun on 8th. On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June, 2021, HRDEF organized two webinars on the theme Ecosystem Restoration, SDGs, and Sustainability in which 85 students, parents, teachers from different parts of the country and globe also participated.
Pledge for Clean Green Earth Awareness Campaign
Tree plantation and Biodiversity awareness
Half Marathon was organised by Hindustan Newspaper in association with other partners on 21st Feb., 2016 with theme on Swachh Doon, Sundar Doon. Around 2000 people participated from all walks of life which was inaugurated by several dignitaries present there. HaritaDhara distributed tree saplings with a message especially benefits of curry patta and pledge drive for Clean Green Deharadun.
Foundation and Children's Day Celebration on 14th Nov., 2015
Campaign started to protect (Rakshana) trees on the occasion of Rakshabandhan on 28th Aug., 2015
Organised Harela Parv celebration: as our traditional knowledge and culture are important in today’s life for sustainability from 13-16 July, 2015. Distributed meetha neem tree saplings, planted trees, and delivered a talk.
World Environment Day (WED) Celebration on 5th June 15 - We organized a talk on Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles to spread awareness on Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care.
Sustainable Development Goals Oath Ceremony and New Year Celebration 2016
On the occasion of New Year, HRDEF organized the Sustainable Development Goals Oath Ceremony and New Year Celebration program. In this everyone present took oath to save water, energy, paper and go for clean waste management using 4R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, and plant tree for better environment and sustainable consumption and production. Children presented various activities skit, poems, songs, dance and conveyed message related to environment conservation, Beti Bachhao, Beti Padhao, creating cards from waste materials. They participated in the quiz on environment. Program was coordinated by GyanDhara’s students Neeraj and Neetu. Manisha, Alpana, Nisha, Naval, Abhishek, Ankush, Monica, Meera, Poonam, Aashi, Achaal are other GyanDhara students who actively participated in the program. Students played games during this program and winners are Neetu, Neeraj, Raja, Manisha in different activities. Pranya, Prayanshi, Lakshya also showed their talent. HRDEF distributed prizes and stationary to students, and finally students planted different flowers to give the message of love, happiness, and protect trees. Their active involvement made this event memorable for everyone. This program was successful because of efforts from Dr. Minal, Apoorve, Vijay Kumar, Suman Lata, Rajshree, K.K. Agarwal, Sushma, Directors Dr. Manisha, and Er. Anant Bhaskar Garg.
Water Resources Management
UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2016 & 2017 for School Students: Jan. - Apr., 2016, Feb. - Aug., 2017
UNEP-DHI Partnership – Centre on Water and Environment is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre of expertise dedicated to improving the management, development and use of freshwater resources from the local to the global level. Since its inception in 1996, the Centre has become a core resource for UNEP’s work on freshwater issues and in delivering UNEP’s Programmes of Work. We have a strong interest in promoting innovative ways of educating children about the world’s water challenges and solutions. The UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge competition presents an exciting and fun activity for school children to play and learn about water at the same time. The children will be given the opportunity to play an online serious game called Aqua Republica, compete with participants around the world and at the same time have an engaging and meaningful discussion with their classmates and teachers on the topic of water and environment. Since 2013 over 4000 children between the ages of 14-17 in more than 10 countries have joined in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge and competed by playing the Aqua Republica game. Apart from having fun, the experience has helped them to learn about sustainable water and environmental management. Aqua Republica is an online serious game where a simplified but realistic world is created for players to play and learn—by personal experience— about the conflicts and trade-offs that exist in a river basin. The game is part of a not-for-profit initiative developed in partnership with UNEP-DHI Partnership, UNEP and DHI.
We partnered for 24 Hours of Reality for 2015 & 2016: The World is Watching of The Climate Reality Project, USA for Climate Action as given below: This year, 24 Hours of Reality will be anchored in Paris and broadcast from eight key countries around the world on November 13-14, 2015, December 05-06, 2016 featuring appearances and commentary from Al Gore, musical performances and compelling stories of the best climate science, solutions and progress in the climate fight. Our work together is sustained petition effort as given below - This December, world leaders will meet in Paris to determine the future of our planet. We're uniting voices around the world to deliver one simple message: Take Climate Action Now - Zero global warming pollution. Zero extreme poverty.
We started capacity building and awareness campaign about Global Goals, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as adopted in the 70th United Nations Assembly at New York from 25-27 Sep., 2015. We shared them with our students.
We observed Teachers Day on 5th Sep., Literacy day on 8th Sep., Mountain day on 9th Sep., and Hindi Divas on 14th Sep., 2015 through interaction with GyanDhara program students.
National Host 2015 for Future Agro Challenge (FAC)
Future Agro Challenge (FAC) is a field of interaction for agro innovators and investors that addresses the future of healthy food from the farmer to the consumer, and furthers the agricultural revolution that is underway. As there is not one simple solution to any of the complex global challenges of feeding the estimated growing population of 9 billion people by 2050? FAC takes root in each joining nation; the knowledge base is enriched with a transfer of ideas and solutions. Each nation and region brings a new perspective, having overcome different obstacles and offering different facets of innovation. While disruptive solutions are being created across regions, individuals and visionaries often feel overwhelmed by the complexities to integrate in the agricultural ecosystem.
e believe discovering solutions to global challenges should not be so complicated. FAC supports agro visionaries, startups, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors from countries across several continents. The most promising ideas and ventures are selected to compete in the Global Championships in Greece, which, at the crossing of three continents, is rich in diversity in both wild and cultivated plant species, has developed its botanical and agricultural practices for millennia, and the source of the famous Mediterranean diet.
The aims of the Future Agro Challenge are:
· To foster innovation in agriculture
· To encourage technology and methodology incorporating Evergreen Practices (to increase food production and
efficiency in a sustainable manner, reducing greenhouse gases and carbon and water footprints)
· To upgrade agricultural education and training
· To revolutionize the approach to healthy lifestyle and nutrition
· To promote business and investment opportunities in agri business
· To grow a global community of experts, investors, and innovators
Why: Agriculture is dependent on earth’s resources, such as soil and water. Threats to our biosphere have been identified within the concepts of ‘planetary boundaries’ in a landmark study*, which define values that, when crossed, hold the potential for disastrous consequences. Some planetary boundaries are well-known, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Others are not so readily recognized. *Source: Rockstrom et al., 2009, Nature
Lectures and Talks
Anant Bhaskar Garg delivered three lectures on ICT and Climate Change at Govt. Polytechnic, Sahiya, Block Kalsi to students and nearby villagers, visited Udaplta village to interact with tribal people and gather local information on 16-17 Sep., 2015
Talk given at Wynberg Allen School for Teachers on Insight for Climate Science and Sustainability on 1st June, 2015 by Anant Bhaskar Garg
Talk given at Mussoorie International School for Faculty members on Climate Change and Sustainability on 21st May, 2015 by Anant Bhaskar Garg
Talk given at Golden Hillock School for members on Climate Change on 6th May, 2015 by Manisha Agarwal Garg
Manisha Agarwal Garg delivered a talk on sustainable food at Shivalik Hills Lioness Club meeting on 22nd April, 2015
Three Week Workshop from 2nd June, 2016 for Children and Youth to Discover and Transform in a Fun way with Global SDG Learning: Topics - Climate change, Biodiversity, Water, Energy
One-Day International Workshop on Best Practices in Waste Management and Climate Change, 19th August, 2015
HaritaDhara Research Development and Education Foundation (HRDEF), and Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), Dehradun jointly organized the one day international workshop on Best Practices in Waste Management and Climate Change on 19th Aug., 2015. This workshop acquainted stakeholders about techniques and practices so that they can act as change agent towards climate change and sustainable development. Every stakeholders and experts from academics, industry, NPO, government, and students using social action, data collection, and ICT can improve community and our cities. As per GoI’s draft documents 2015 containing rules on SWM, e-waste, Plastic, Biodegradable, and Hazardous waste, we know garbage is one of the biggest problems of our cities. We are very indifferent to these issues and reluctant to act on which result in exaggeration of the waste around us. Thus with increase in waste and rise of heap at landfills lead to GHG emission which cause climate change. To discourse on these various initiatives are taken such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Further, with modified rules and regulations for each one we need to address and indulge through waste segregation at source, composting and other recommended practices. Everyone efforts will result in waste minimization. This will lead to clean, green, smart Doon and Uttarakhand. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Garg, Vice Chancellor, UTU, Dehradun was Chief Guest and Mr. Steve Kostoff Guest of Honor of the workshop. Prof. (Dr.) P. K. Garg gave emphasis on zero waste management practices, and 4’R. He also stressed on education and awareness of issues affecting our environment.
Mr. Omendra Srivastava, SWM Expert, UUSDIP (ADB), Urban Development Department, GoUK told about Waste to Energy…an approach towards sustainable waste management practices especially Gasification project to be implemented in Roorkee, first of its kind in India. Mr. Steve Kostoff, CEO, Green Business and Audit Training, South Australia focused on Climate Change and Waste Management, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO, Clover Organic Pvt. Ltd. told various techniques on Organic Waste Management and Composting, Dr. Bhavtosh Sharma, Scientist (Chemical Sciences), USERC, DST, GoUK told about Pollutants in Drinking Water and their Assessment, Ms. Jodie Underhill, Co-Founder & CEO, Waste Warriors discussed about her initiative on waste management, and Er. Anant Bhakar Garg, Director, HRDEF informed ways to better manage e-Waste. He informed about various initiatives of the HRDEF on sustainability, computing education to underserved students. The workshop provided interactive dialogue between participants and various issues are further discussed during session. It is like sharing their experiences among all present in the workshop. Opinion of the participants and workshop findings will be submitted to government and other authorities for consideration. Directors, faculty members, students, and professionals from Industries in Uttarakhand participated in the workshop. Participants from outside Uttarakhand such as Moradabad, Bareilly, Bijnor attended the workshop. Venue of the workshop was New Campus, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
Workshop on Educating for Innovation and Sustainability (24 April, 2015) - by Paul Bana (23 Apr. - 24 Apr., 2015)
At the heart of this workshop lie the concepts of Collaborative Inquiry, Learning Organisation and Action Learning. Developed in the mid twentieth century to facilitate innovative thinking and transformational change, Action Learning is used today around the world to develop personal leadership skills and to help individuals and organisations in dealing with unprecedented changes. This program delivered in partnership with Green Business Audit & Training and ALGAIA Project, Australia.
Workshop on Carbon Footprints (31 Oct., 2014)
Conducted workshop for home and business users, and professionals for assessment of carbon footprint and introduction to sustainability with support from Green Business Audit & Training and Algaia Project, Australia and Mr. Paul Bana as Speaker.
Fun with STEAM
LEARN. PLAY. GROW. INTELLIGENT
Prepare Your Child for the 21st Century Skills through STEAM Maker Fest with hands-on, Game based Learning
Short-Term Programs with different duration - April, 2018 to June 2018 for Children (Aged 10+) to Learn, Transform in a Fun way
By Educators, Engineers, Researchers with international experience - 20 yrs+ worked as HOD, Dean, Scientist having qualifications such as PhD, MS, MBA, BE from institutions FRI, BITS, MNNIT, UNESCO-IHE
Time: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM (2 Hrs. per day for five days a Week)
Improve child communication skill,
Critical thinking, imagination, creative writing, Storytelling
Enhance classroom performance & presentation skill
Develop growth mindset
Encourage Out-of-the-Box thinking
Hands-on activities, games, and Curriculum based
Limited batch size for Interactivity & Learning
Creative Writing Study
Conducted creative writing experimental study with students to acquaint them with new tools of expressing themselves. Students from different schools of Dehradun participated such as SJA, Brightlands, Doon International. This study was done in collaboration with faculty and researcher in University of Madeira, Portugal in Mar.,2015. - Publication in INTERACT 2015 Workshop
Responsibility and Recognition
Manisha Agarwal Garg felicitated by Shiwalik Hills Lioness Club for her efforts to teach low-income group students without any fees on 12th Sep., 2015
Anant Bhaskar Garg was co-convener of All India Workshop on Safety and Fire Hazards in Industries and Forest on 16-17 May, 2015 organized by The Institution of Engineers, Uttarakhand State Centre
Meeting with Shri Vinod Chamoli, Mayor, Dehradun, talk on Climate Change at the Govt. Polytechnic, Pithuwala, Press Brief with Mr. Steve Kostoff, and Shri V. K. Garg on 2 Mar., 2015
Anant Bhaskar Garg participated in 150th anniversary event of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17th May, 2015
Involved in World Habitat and International Disaster Risk Reduction Day celebration in Oct., 2015
Discussion, review, and activities carried out at the Gyansthali Public School, By-pass Miranpur, Distt. Muzaffarnagar for Solar Power Plant of 15 KW, Herbal Garden, Computing lab. with Thin-Client systems to save power, and waste management.
Mr. Steve Kostoff, CEO, Green Business Audit & Training (GBAT), Australia (17-20 Aug., 2015)
Mr. Paul Bana, GBAT, Project Algaia, Australia (23 Apr. - 24 Apr., 2015)
Mr. Steve Kostoff (27 Feb. - 4 Mar., 2015)
Mr. Paul Bana (27 Oct. - 1 Nov., 2014)
Because of support from Principals, dignitaries, professionals, students and our Partners these activities, events are possible. We are very much thankful to them. Contribution from our GyanDhara’s GOAL program students are commendable and memorable - Neeraj, Aanchal, Vishal, Neetu, Manisha, Nisha, Prayanshi, Alpana, Monika, Riya,
Fellowships and Opportunities
NavTech Guru Fellowship for youth having completed XII standard/graduation to experience and contribute towards transformation of education and sustainable development