Seventy students from Germany and India came together to work on sustainable solutions at the third International Environmental Youth Conference held at Germany reecntly.
They developed projects on biodiversity, mobility, pollution, waste and energy at the conference organised by the Goethe Institute (Bangalore).
“The projects we designed were appreciated and it was nice to interact with students and professors from Germany,” said Adhil Gafoor of Indus International School, Bangalore. He was accompanied by 16 others from Karnataka. In all, Goethe handpicked 40 students from Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
According to Greeshma Mohan, from DPS South, Bangalore, the German students were at ease with the project specifications.
“They are more advanced in learning and they did not face problems. All schools in Germany have two bins in each classroom to segregate waste, a practice that we are still struggling with,” she said. The students also framed a vision for 2053.
The University of Bremen and the Centre for Infrastructure and Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) were associated with the event.
Chairman of the Centre, Prof Sitharam, said, “We will take the students’ vision to the department of environment and request them to take it forward.”