National Green Corps: A Sustainable Approach of Indian Government for the Environmental Protection
Keywords:National Green Corps, Clubs, MoEFCC, Centre of Environmental Education, Stockholm Conference
Human beings and other living things of the earth depend on their surrounding environment for their growth, development and healthier life. Over exploitation of natural resources for human needs demand the sustainable utilization and protection of the environment. After Stockholm Conference, the international society recognised the urgency of environmental awareness and education with global perspective. In connection with environmental protection, the Government of India started a student intensive scheme National Green Corps (NGC) in all educational institutions especially in schools of various states. National Green Corps, known as Eco-Club programme is a holistic and environmentally sustainable approach initiated in the year of 2001 by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The Centre of Environmental Education (CEE), a centre of Excellence located at Ahmedabad, Gujarat coordinate and monitor the overall program of NGC with specific objectives such as increasing environmental awareness among school students, understanding about the eco-systems and their functions through field visits and demonstrations, developing scientific attitude of the students and involving students and community with cooperative manner to protect environment. Considering the impact of NGC on environmental protection, the authors exposed the overview of National Green Corps as a sustainable approach with global perspective.
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