Jan Mar 2015

Jan Mar 2015
The Green Schools Movement

Let's make our schools go green

Green schools can actually make a difference. Several schools and authors tell us how: the stories that we have come across and the sheer numbers of schools that are trying to be part of the solution give us hope that the Green Schools Movement may be quietly bringing some sanity into the world.


Awareness about the need of living with ecological wisdom is not lacking, going by what we see in the papers and the TV, almost everyday. Most educated people have heard of climate change and the importance of reducing our carbon foot print. (Most ‘uneducated’ people would anyway be living with a low carbon foot print)

A new Krishnamurti school quietly came into being when Pathashaala started on 19 August 2010 in a mixed age classroom with 14 students and 3 teachers. As one of the many projects of The School, Pathashaala began when KFI could complete the purchase of land at Vallipuram, 90 km south of Chennai in 2006, at an affordable price.

Rema Kumar shares her experience of getting her students to reflect on the curriculum given to them by the school system and re-work for themselves more meaningful ways of learning about Mother Earth.

Schools, parents and children are focused on exams, college education and careers. While this may be considered natural, can we prepare children also, for a future that will be upon us in 10, 20 or 50 years?

In environmental circles, one hears often about green schools or eco-schools. We are talking here of schools that practise principles of green living, not ones which merely include environmental sciences as an academic subject. Since Governments do not have documented data about such schools, we decided to look up websites.

What is truly great can also be very simple.

For humanity, the perfect relationship is one of love 

Smart by Nature - the fruit of two decades of work by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a public foundation in Berkeley, California, dedicated to education for sustainable living - is the center’s framework for schooling for sustainability.