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CSE initiative Audit@Home brings environmental education home to children in lockdown

BATHINDA: As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working to ensure environmental learning does not stop while students remain in home under full or partial lockdown conditions. CSEs Green Schools Programme (GSP) stepped up with an online environmental survey – Audit@Home.
Says Ranjita Menon, programme director, environment education unit, CSE “The survey, which concluded recently, provided students with the opportunity to observe, assess and improve the resource consumption patterns in their households with respect to air, energy, food, biodiversity, water, and waste.”
Open to all students of Grades 5 to 12, the survey was designed in a manner to make students understand various interconnections that play out and add to climate change — for instance, the relationship between waste management and air pollution. Personalised scorecards were shared with each participant with suggestions to transition to greener practices based on their score in the survey.
Says Menon: “The survey essentially helped students gain insights into the practices followed in their households regarding waste management, food consumption, water and energy usage.”
More than 47,000 students across 28 states participated in the survey and assessed their every-day environmental practices.
The survey results pointed towards some promising aspects: 96 per cent of the students who took the survey had energy-efficient lighting in their homes; 67 percent repurpose or give away food leftovers; and 51 per cent use sustainable modes of transport like walking and cycling for their every-day activities.
The survey results also flagged the areas where interventions may be required as 55 percent of the participants do not use renewable energy in any form. The survey results marked the current levels of awareness and future goals of environmental education.
According to Menon, “GSPs Audit@Home is a tool to develop a strategy and roadmap for adoption of resource-efficient measures in households by young environmentalists and in the process, it educates them about the environment in the most pragmatic way — learning by doing. This initiative has created opportunities fRead More – Source