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BuzzOnEarth presents EarthGeeks programme, developed specifically for the young generation. The idea behind EarthGeeks is to provide an engaging platform to the most curious and innovative minds of the society, the students. We believe that an early education regarding sustainability for every student is necessary to raise responsible and skilled adults. Apart from basic education, it is important to incorporate sustainability as one of the most valued subjects in the education system to promote economic growth, environmental protection, basic human rights, and responsible resource management and to end world hunger, extreme poverty, discrimination, and inequalities.

To set the children on the right path today…

To set the children on the right path today is to ensure a better and prosperous future for tomorrow. The Inquisitiveness, observation, and curiosity of a child are on a sky-high level. The education and values young children acquire at an early age stays with them forever and also inspire the upcoming generations of the future. That’s what the EarthGeeks programme is all about- to make children aware of the challenges that the world is facing today in the field of sustainability and seek a solution to them through innovation and leadership. I believe that incorporation of compassion and empathy towards every living being is a very crucial aspect of a child’s education. Only then, the children can truly understand the importance of sustainable development and create a thriving world through collective effort and hence, become the responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Dr. C.D. Prasad, former ISRO Scientist.

Why promote awareness and education about sustainability?

More importantly, why start this process in the here-and-now with young children? The answer is simple: they represent the leading edge of a movement that is critically important for ensuring a better future for themselves and subsequent generations. The direct correlation between sustainability and survivability is no longer theoretical, it is real!  Children with this awareness will learn to live more harmoniously with nature, be self-governed, and become responsible citizens of our planet.
There are also many practical benefits to emerging as a future leader who has been groomed and trained through a sustainability mindset and ecosystem from a young age.  Through this first-hand exposure and holistic training, the youngster will be ingrained with key leadership success qualities such as empathy, creativity, collaboration, and conviction — traits that are already highly valued in all career tracks. They will become even more valuable in the future, especially when blended with higher education and know-how in decreasing pollution and wasteful depletion of natural resources in all spheres of business.

Mr. Mahesh Krishnamurti, MD, C-Suite Consultancy/Advisory; Managing Director, RGP

As an educator, I strongly believe in…

As an educator, I strongly believe in creating awareness among individuals about today’s challenges and take up the responsibility of finding solutions to ensure a better future for themselves and others. I feel that as a Principal, I have a God-given opportunity to make students understand the importance of climate change and the crisis that we are facing today. They need to realize the need for peace and humanity today. Making them ready to face the challenges that they are facing or going to face is possible if we bring in the ideology of sustainable development goals of UN, inclusive education, values, peace into the regular school curriculum. I am sure that this integration will equip the students to come up with their own solutions to the problems, develop innovative ideas to support sustainable development and make the society liveable. As a school, we will have the opportunity to inculcate such ethos, teach skills and direct the complete thought process towards collaboration and exchanging knowledge and understanding the global perspectives for any of the issues that the world is facing today. The world has become flat and schools/students can easily collaborate virtually in the era of the internet to exchange ideas and strategies. Climate change, human rights education, SDG’s today, are as important as Science, Math or any other curriculum taught in schools. Survival will become a priority if we blow up all the natural resources or destroy them with our indiscriminate actions. If we can make our children realize the gravity of the situation, I am sure that the next generation will be much wiser, responsible and will move in the right direction and become accountable. I believe that the school education requires reorientation with these activities as priorities. The UN and UNESCO goals have given us a direction and motivation for making the K-12 space the place for transformation. If this happens, today’s 39% population (according to 2011 census) which in school today, will transform the world when they become 100% population of tomorrow.

Dr. Dakshayini Kanna, Director & Principal at Harvest International School.

…sustainability forms the basis for project-based approaches to student learning.

In a globalizing world of limited resources and unlimited ingenuity, colleges and universities play a vital role in preparing students to meet the sustainability challenges of the future. In fact, obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Hence, integrating sustainability into the curriculum is becoming an important objective at colleges and universities world-wide.
A critical and thorough understanding of issues related to sustainability necessarily involves contributions from a wide variety of disciplines throughout the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This may be daunting for students and educators since it often requires us to think outside of our expertise. However, sustainability is at once an integrative discipline and a multidisciplinary project.
With its focus on specific problems and particular solutions, sustainability forms the basis for project-based approaches to student learning. Teaching towards sustainability also reminds us that pedagogy is a civic project; there are important strong ties between classroom and community.

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland, DNV GL (EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer), Oslo Area, Norway

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