Monday, October 22, 2012

Launch of Youtharia:Season-III PicBadge

Shaping the future of a country no doubt requires people of high intellect and experience, but at the same time to implement and materialize the ideas into reality we need young and enthusiastic people in the ranks. It would only make sense if we had an equal mix of youth and experience in our political system. With the really old ministers making way for the young ones.

Youtharia is in my heart,
 mind & soul.

Introducing "Youtharia:Season-III" PicBadge.

Slogan of "Youtharia:Season-III" is “We Think Globally, Act Globally.”

"Youtharia: Season-III" is a strategy on working with children and youth around the world in Child Rights, Education and Environment issues. The main objective is to develop environmental awareness, decision-making, exchange information and capacity building. Join us if you’ve decided to make a difference in the World and make our planet a better place to live.


Friday, October 19, 2012

United Children and Youth for CHANGE!

United Children and Youth for CHANGE!

After COP 11, with new insights and knowledge, I did something that may change 100's of children  and youth. It's high time to make a difference in the World before 2020 else we may lose our existence from Earth. We've to decrease Carbon emission to 0 by year 2020 what everyone talk about at COP11. Yes! We're in big trouble, a trouble that people are ignoring even after knowing it. But still, we won't stop. Here's an initiative that we take after COP11.

We saw some children in the park with teachers..and suddenly what came into my mind was let's do it, let's motivate and aware these small kids.

Balraj Arpit
Founder & CEO
Green Youth Generation
(Ambassador, TUNZA Eco-Generation representing Asia-Pacific)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UN | CBD-COP 11 | Day II and Day III | Participation in International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation and ESD

Participation in International Conference on      Biodiversity Conservation and ESD


Conservation of biodiversity cannot be achieved without the active participation and support from civil society. Students, Decision Makers, Business Professionals and others need to understand the key underlying issues involved in biodiversity conservation and the way development affects this. For people to begin to recognize the relationship between biodiversity and human well-being and reflect on how this is exemplified in every -day life there is a need to recognize the need for biodiversity education as an essential component of ESD. It is therefore important to strengthen education programmes with a stronger biodiversity component so that they enable educators and learners to protect biodiversity. The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD 2004-2014) focuses on engaging people on education and training to address the inter linkages between ecosystems and livelihoods, nature with culture, society with the economy, and the actions we can take without affecting our quality of life. Biodiversity is acknowledged as a key issue that needs to be part of awareness-raising, learning and education for a sustainable future. The Decade aims at reorienting educational programmes in order to develop new educational contents and materials; and formulate new learning paths that would take into account the meaning and importance of biodiversity through quality education in the area of biodiversity. Centre for Environment Education (CEE) is organised a parallel event in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, titled "Learning to Conserve Biodiversity in a Rapidly Developing World" on 13 and 14 October, 2012 at the HICC during COP11.

Biodiversity, Non Formal Education and Formal Education

The Biodiversity Conservation and ESD Conference seek to facilitate an invigorating consultative process through the WGs. The WG proceedings will feed into overall conference outcome and plenaries / recommendations and declaration.
Four thematic workshops are being planned. The objective of the WG is to:
  • Prepared a status report on work done so far through sharing of best practices and experiences
  • Defined issues and challenges in mainstreaming Biodiversity Education in Education for Sustainable Development
  • Prepared a road map for the future and specifically make recommendations to COP 11 at Hyderabad
The WG was for 5 and half hours during this two day Conference. On Day 1 the session was for 2 hours and included introductions. On Day 2 the pre lunch session was for 1 and half hours while the post lunch session was for 2 hours including conclusions.

Day 2:
Resource person/Facilitator
Inaugural and Plenary - 1
Inauguration by Ms. Purandeswari Devi, MoS, MHRD, Facilitation by CEE
Working Group session (Non formal education): Youth and Biodiversity
Introducing the Non formal education working group themes and objectives

Non formal education workshops facilitator (Madhavi/Meena/Santosh)
Achieving Strategic Plan and Aichi targets – Youth agenda
Role of Awareness and Education in Biodiversity Conservation – Youth engagement
Rupa Gandhi, Wildlife Trust of India
Discussion with the experts; flagging points for day 3
Facilitated by Madhavi Joshi, CEE
Plenary 2
Values and Ethics in Biodiversity Conservation
Mirian Vilela, Facilitation by CEE
Dinner and Cultural programme

Day 3:
Resource Person/Facilitator
Plenary 3
Aichi Targets and Education
Facilitation by CEE
Youth working group session
-Round table discussions around 5 Aichi goals
-Youth panel to present outcomes

Facilitation by Supriya, TERI
Youth working group session
- Youth Panel to facilitate final recommendations
Facilitation by Supriya and Madhavi
Non formal education – Concluding session
Non formal education workshops facilitator (Madhavi/Meena/Santosh)
Closing Plenary – Inputs into COP 11 and DESD 2014
Facilitation by CEE

Had great and amazing journey of COP 11 | CBD | Young India for Biodiversity.

Successfully drafted Zero Draft of COP 11 to be proposed by CEE on 17th Oct.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

UN | CBD-COP 11 | Day I | Young India for Biodiversity

    Youth for Biodiversity – Unite for a Common Cause

1st Day of journey COP 11 and it was full of fun and learning. The session was begin with joy and ends with love. Yeah! here it begins!

Resource person/Facilitator
Inaugural session – Setting the tone and introducing CBD COP11 to participants
KVS, David Ainsworth, BMS Rathore/ NBA Chairman
(Speed Networking)

Briefing – About the objectives of the  Youth Workshop
Madhavi Joshi, CEE and Livleen Kahlon, TERI
Sharing youth’s experiences in biodiversity conservation and education: Case studies from
-          YETI
Facilitated by YETI representatives

Experiences and key learnings in biodiversity conservation and education for youth from Earth Charter Youth Initiatives – an interactive session
Mirian Vilela, Executive Director, Earth Charter Initiative Secretariat, Costa Rica

Screening of film about sacred groves – Colours of India series, followed by a discussion
Livleen Kahlon, TERI
Group Activity:
Challenges and opportunities for youth to engage in biodiversity issues
-          education
-          livelihood
-          policy and decision making
Discussion based on the morning sessions and their own experience (a listing of challenges and opportunities would emerge – to be used as input into the session on 13th)
Madhavi Joshi, CEE and Livleen Kahlon, TERI
Briefing about the Fun Assignment to carried out by youth participants – and showcased during the Plenary on 13th.
Jyoti Gopinathan, CEE

What I did?

Firstly, listen to all resource person and facilitator carefully. And believe me, all were great. 

Then, in group activity, I was working working on issues regarding Biodiversity Conservation in Forests. And successfully come up with numbers issues. 

See here! Finally | Next Day >>>
It was Day I activity presented next day by Balraj Arpit.

  • Endangered species 
  • Deforestation
  • Fragmentation 
  • Resource Extraction
  • Fire
  • Forest Encroachment 
  • Poaching/Hunting 
  • Climate Change
  • Pollution
Above mentioned were the issued designed by my group and showcased during plenary session on next day

And finally, we received our conference kit for plenary session and side event of COP11 CBD.

Balraj ArpitFounder & CEOGreen Youth Generation(Ambassador, TUNZA Eco Generation representing Asia Paicific)