- The awards are open to any school in India
- Students from Standard/Grade 7th to 12th are eligible to participate
Water and Biodiversity are the basis of all life. We need water for almost everything that we do. There is only a finite amount of water on earth, freshwater being a measly 3% of it. You already know all this. You also probably know that the world over, everyone is facing water problems in one form or the other. The ravaging floods in Uttarakhand have been of unprecedented proportions, but even otherwise, floods are a periodic phenomenon in many parts of the country while many other parts are drought ridden. In some places, the problem may be of contaminated water sources. Somewhere else, it might be of unaffordable water prices. In some places, there is simply no water and people walk kilometers to get water. Elsewhere, it´s a poor and inequitable distribution. Our lakes and rivers are polluted and drying up, open wells are fast disappearing, ground water is getting depleted all across the country.
Of course, there is no quick fix to this situation and it´s often not clear where to begin. One thing we could do in such a situation is to begin with learning about important aspects of water around us. earthian activities are designed to help us understand water in our locality – our schools to begin with – and connect it with other aspects of ecology and society as well as the global context.
One might as well ask, What does it mean to be human? The answer may be found in our relation to water, the mother of life. When the waters again run clear and their life is restored we might see ourselves reflected whole.
The Earth is called a living planet because of its Biodiversity. Just as water, Biodiversity too is an important resource for sustaining life. The intricate, complex and dynamic relationships between living organisms and the planet create and alter ecosystems.
There are two parts to this learning process – one is to understand water around you by doing a set of activities, second is to explore further to understand its interconnections to larger issues, both local and global.
In Part A, through the set of activities explained in the subsequent steps, there are five aspects of water that we will study
In Part B you will write an analytical essay with about 2,500 words. Based on the information you have about water consumption at school, investigate the same at home, neighbourhood and understand its impact. In your report, analyse how many areas of life beyond water this impacts and how. Use the opinions and perspectives collected to your advantage here.
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The activities in this section help you find answers for some of these questions and will help you to think about practices that can be initiated locally to help conserve Biodiversity.
This part is aimed at understanding Biodiversity in a larger context and find how intricately it is connected to all aspects of human and non-human lives. How food, health, shelter, technology, economics and eradication of poverty
are closely related to it and is influenced by its presence or absence.
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The submissions to earthian 2016
For Biodiversity and Water Program
Part A 40% Mandatory tasks + 20% Electives
Part B 40%
Awards are addressed at the institutional (school/college) level and not at the individual level. This is to encourage the building of institutional capability in the area of sustainability in education on a long term basis.
Previous years‚ winners are not eligible for the cash award for the two consecutive years following the year in which they were selected. For example if a school or college has received the cash award in 2011, they would not be eligible for the cash award in 2012 and 2013. However, winning institutes and teams still get to attend the earthian awards ceremony, are awarded certificates and trophies and will be part of our Continuous Engagement Program