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                                                       Sub: Collaborating  to 'CAPTURE CLIMATE CHANGE'
                                                               - National photography , painting and poster competitions


Greetings from People’s Institute for Development and Training (PIDT)!

PIDT is a National level Action and teaching–learning institute involved in research, advocacy and action at grassroots and the India GYSD Lead Agency and National Representative of the International Association for Volunteer Effort with a pro-poor outlook and pro-green direction.

Climate Change is the single most important challenge of our times and it requires the willpower and passionate involvement of each person on the globe to avert the phenomenon of ‘Global Warming’ so that it does not become irreversible. It needs collaborative, consistent and co-ordinated effort urgently. There is an urgent need for every individual to educate, alert and act in every occasion – be it work, entertainment, home or in community life. We hope that these set of competitions will serve to engage more and more young minds in the campaign to ‘Capture Climate Change’.

We encourage your students­­­­ to participate in this National level Competition. PIDT seeks your co-operation to further the concept of service learning, which is essentially learning through service and thereby give a strong motivation for supporting volunteering from the heart.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has the mandate to recruit, train and develop volunteering between and within Nations. The UNV celebrates December 5th as the International Volunteers Day (IVD) and this year IVD2009 the theme is ‘ Volunteering for the Planet’.  UNV’s intervention in this focus area is driven by the global recognition of the role of volunteerism in environmental protection. UNV seeks to contribute to the global environmental and climate change agenda.

The Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti seeks to help us remember the message of Mahatma Gandhi in it’s true spirit. It was Gandhiji who had said ‘ the world has enough for every person’s need but not for every person’s greed’ which is indeed an basic tenent that the global environmental agenda recognises today. Gandhiji was also one whose every personal action was related to political and social reform was a exemplary volunteer.

The Indian Association for Volunteer Effort is a broad based platform of individuals and organisations that believe and promote volunteering. The Iave is a National network that recognises, develops and federates volunteer centres. It seeks to engage more and more citizens in the act of giving and love of service. Iave actively celebrates the IVD in India.

The Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is organized globally in 170 countries, in collaboration with other institutions to mobilise youth to identify and address the needs of their communities. Under GYSD, millions of young people participate in and lead service projects like ‘Capture Climate Change’ which, addresses critical issues such as environment, education & illiteracy, poverty, health, hunger, and homelessness. Over the past 20 years, GYSD has brought together more than 40 million people worldwide.

At a time when almost every region of this earth is gripped with the Crisis of ‘ Global Warming’ with the level of CO2 and various other green house gasses increasing. With rivers drying up, the water level of oceans is rising due to melting polar caps, failing eco-systems , there is an urgent need to Capture Climate Change. The changes are needed in values, attitudes and lifestyles; there are changes needed in social, economic, political and spiritual diamensions, in every country and amongst individuals so that the United Nations environmental agenda may be met. The possible solution to this problem is believed to be in the hands of the young.

Youth comprise nearly half of India’s population, and at 450 million, which is the world’s largest youth population, they represent a tremendous resource to change the country and indeed the world. Their sustained involvement and commitment to understand the need for a new paradigm and to work energetically towards it, is of strategic importance.

The National Photography, Painting and Poster Competition on “Capture Climate Change!” has been divided into different categories, as given in the registration form. Interpretation of the theme is entirely to the discretion of the entrant.

Please sign the registration form and submit it latest by August 15th.  The actual entries should be submitted by October 30th, 2009. The announcement of the results would be on IVD 2009 i.e. December 5, 2009 celebrating ‘Volunteering for the Planet’ through the campaign ‘Capture Climate Change’.

We hope your institution will join and also encourage others to join into this service-learning experience from throughout India, and help urge youthful energies into observation, reflection and action on Climate Change effects in our lives.

You may print or Xerox as many copies of the Registration Form as you like. The results of the Campaign would be displayed at the Copenhagen Summit on ‘Climate Change’ in December 2009.

With regards

Yours sincerely


For any further details/clarifications please contact Abhinav Kaul – Tel: 09811547047

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