The American Center Kolkata celebrated Earth Day with a diverse group of high school students representing the nature clubs of several city schools who participated in a workshop titled "Vertical Gardens in Crowded Urban Areas: A Tool for Combating Climate Change" on how to create "vertical green spaces" within a crowded urban environment at the Hotel ITC Sonar.
The workshop was held in partnership with the Hotel ITC Sonar, which is the first hotel in the world to be registered by UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) for Carbon Emission. ITC Sonar has effectively implemented a bottle wall garden within their premises and it served as a very good model for the students.
The program was inaugurated by Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Youth Issues. Debasish Kumar, Mayor-in-Council, Kolkata Parks and Trust, also participated in the inaugural program and welcomed and encouraged the students to incorporate small "green acts" into their daily lives to protect our planet.
Deputy Director of the American Center Rachel Sunden gave a presentation on vertical gardens which was followed by the workshop. During the workshop Rachel Sunden said, "The American Center hopes that this kind of interactive hands-on program will equip the students to carry the message back to their respective schools and communities and help them to combat climate change by finding innovative ways to "green the earth" .
Special Adviser for Office of Global Youth Issues of the U.S. Department of State, Zeenat Rahman said, "I am particularly pleased to be in Kolkata to participate with our Consulate's Earth Day program today. Even small acts of green can help to protect our planet. Every person who acts to fix the problem is a positive 'Face of Climate Change'."
The workshop was a part of the American Center Kolkata's observance of the 43rd commemoration of Earth Day to support this year's Earth Day theme of "The Face of Climate Change". Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S. every year on April 22 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth´s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teaching opportunity in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries.
The program also marked Global Youth Service Day 2013, to highlight the role of young people in making positive differences in their communities through service.
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) was established in 1988 and is celebrated in more than 100 countries, making it the largest service event in the world. GYSD encourages young people to work together to address critical issues of concern in their communities.