Building Generation: A Sustainable Future

Saving Earth is presently our long-overdue project. Time is ticking by, her resources are getting depleted at an alarming rate and its environment is becoming uninhabitable in a style almost as dramatic as the science-fiction movies which presented to us the gloomy exaggerated pictures of planets getting destroyed in a sudden alien attack. The only difference in our case being that there are no aliens, there’s only us. The problem is, a huge fraction of the “class of earth (21st century)” does not know of the existence of the project.

The bigger problem is, that the select few who realize the importance of the refrain “sustainability is the need of the hour” hesitate to take the initiative of getting in more and more people in the loop. The hesitance perhaps stems from the fact that they fear that “awareness” may seem to be a shallow, fancy term for the people who have witnessed the age of plenty, have lived to witness the technological revolution offering a quick-fix solution to all problems and are accustomed to the encapsulation of all concepts of the machinery of our everyday existence.

But, what if the seed of awareness is sown in a piece of freshly mown earth?

What if, the next batch, the next generation, grows up with concepts of sustainability as their ABCDs ? Surely, that will be our tool to throw out complacency and inaction from the minds of the generation that is yet to come.

With all of this in mind,Team Shunya plans to organize a series of school workshops, in order to familiarize students with the concepts of sustainable energy production and ecosystem sustainability. The school workshop kicked in with the first one conducted at Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Powai, for 6th and 7th standard students, met with a positively overwhelming response. The enthusiasm of the students interfered constructively with that of the upbeat volunteer team, comprising of Parth, Abihmanyu, Rohit, Ankur, Sarthak and Sravya.

While the volunteers introduced the innovations in sustainable technology,such as economical solar-powered lamps, the bright faces gleamed with excitement and anticipation, marveling at the future possibilities that sustainable technology development holds. Many hands were raised when concepts about sustainability were cleared by the team. Eyes sparkled with excitement when the team interacted with the students and introduced them to the concept of a completely solar-powered house. What could be more heartening for the team, which has been working tirelessly to bring about a revolution in sustainability, than to witness eager responses from students and teachers alike? The success of the first workshop encouraged the team to carry forward this awareness movement, and similar workshops will be conducted soon in more schools.

Team Shunya hopes that this small bit done by us forms a part of the sustainability awareness movement the world sorely needs. Because, the time is now. Because, Sustainability is to no longer remain a buzzword but a way of living.

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