The Department of Ecological Concerns of CSI Synod organised a one day workshop on Green School programme for the Principals, Headmasters/Headmistresses and correspondents of CSI Schools on 27th August 2016 at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai. Rev. James Cecil Victor, Director of Pastoral Concerns and Rev. Sunil Raj Philip, Director of Communications, offered felicitations. Ms. Ranjitha Menon and Ms. Swathy of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) explained about the Green Audit and the Green School programme.
The Director of Ecological department explained the aim of Green School programme. He said that "the Church of South India (CSI) is promoting the values of sustainability. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth. The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. The evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide. Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change. Christian ethics also goes a long way in helping Christians to cultivate sustainable lifestyles. We do not have to wait until there is a law to compel us to act responsibly; our ethical values and principles should help us to make right choices. The right place to teach the values of sustainability is schools. Hence CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns promotes Green School Programme. CSI synod Department of Ecological Concerns has decided to utilise the expertise of CSE in making 1000 schools as Green Schools.
One hundred and ten teachers from various CSI Schools from different Southern States of India participated in the workshop.
Prof. Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad,
Hon. Director, Department of Ecological concerns,
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