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Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) was founded in 2008 as a coalition of young people and youth-oriented organisations with an aim to provide knowledge to Indian youth as well as encourage countrywide bonding for collective action on matters of climate, ecology and environment.

The idea to start something new, something bold came about on noticing the lack of representation of Indian youth in the UNFCCC COP international climate negotiations in Bali, 2007.

A country as large as India with one of the highest youth populations in the world was missing from the world forum of one of the most pressing issues of 21st century.

IYCN considers its biggest achievement to be the personal transformation of each individual who participates in the network’s activities as well as its contribution in bringing the climate debate to the mainstream.

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Transforming kids into ‘change agents’
HSBC Train Green Programme is a five year environmental awareness programme for school children with an aim to create young environmental catalysts who would become "Change Agents" in their respective schools and community.

Kolkata – On February 6, 2015, nine city schools namely Assembly of God Church School (AGCS), Park Street; St. Thomas Day school, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Silver Point School, Assembly of God Church School (AGCS), Tollygunje; William Convent (Dumdum), Delhi Public School (DPS) Megacity and Ballygunj Shiksha Sadan (BSS) participated in the HSBC Train Green Programme - a five year environmental awareness programme for school children, with an aim to create young environmental catalysts who would become “Change Agents” in their respective schools and community.

In a UNICEF study, it was found that ‘since today’s children have very little knowledge about the risks of degrading environment, they will pay a heavy price for climate change and global warming as they grow into adulthood and old age.’

Instead of letting kids grow up to suffer the consequences of environmental crimes not committed by them, some organisations have taken up initiatives to guide them while they are still young and help them alter their destiny.

HSBC Train Green Programme (TGP) aims to achieve this target.

The programme started with an introductory speech delivered by Mrs. Haimanti Biswas (CSR Head, HSBC Global Service Delivery, Kolkata) followed by schools presenting their initiatives and actions taken for a better environment through PowerPoint presentations.

Assembly of God Church School (AGCS) Park Street give their winning presentation!

An initiative of the students of DPS Megacity - asking their school uniform maker to provide the school uniforms in a paper bag instead of the regular plastic carry bags was appreciated by all.

Assembly of God Church School, Park Street converted project files into creative waste paper bins and saved hundreds of spent plastic pens from reaching the landfil in their green activity this year.

Khushboo Chandak from HSBC says, “ To ensure that youth play a proactive role in addressing key environmental issues, every year 100 students from across 10 schools are selected to undergo an extensive training and development programme involving environmental learning on varied themes such as water conservation, waste management, energy conservation, carbon footprint evaluation, etc.”

An outstanding student from each school was selected as “Best Environmental Change Agent” - who receives a trophy and scholarship of Rs. 5000 from HSBC to continue their good work.

Before winding up the event, a list of winners under the following categories were felicitated:
Best School Presentation: AGCS, Park Street
Best Theme:
Waste – AGCS, Park Street & DPS Megacity
Wildlife - Mahadevi Birla World Academy
Water - AGCS,

Tollygunge Mahadevi Birla World Academy and DPS Megacity were both awarded with the title: “We Have Made a Difference”.

“It was a good opportunity for students to show their commitment towards environment”, says Rupa Pandit, teacher of AGCS, Park Street.

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