UNDERSTANDING PLANET EARTH OUTREACH CAMPAIGNInitiated by Rashtriya VigyanEvam Prodyogiki SancharParishad, DST, GOI, New Delhi,will demonstrate unique andexciting ways in which scientistsand general masses can create asafer and more prosperousworld. This will lay thefoundation for a safer, healthierand wealthier society.In India, NCSTC-Network hasbeen entrusted to organize theactivities under the programme‘Understanding Planet Earth’.
THE BASIC OUTREACH PROGRAMMEWILL BE: Create public education and Awareness through existing and new material and ideas in the areas that need more attention. These ideas will cover events and activities such as competitions, lecture, demonstrations, exhibitions, etc; Use the media (electronic as well as non- electronic) to ensure country-wide reach in regional languages for effectiveness; Involve scientists and citizens to develop programs that address issues at a grass root level; and Make extensive use of art form as a means to promote ideas and themes.
PREAMBLEThe International Year of Planet Earth is a 3-yearsevent (2007-2009) aimed at promoting thecontribution to sustainable development ofsociety by using knowledge and informationprovided by the geosciences. Implementation willtake place through a Science and an OutreachProgramme, similar in weight and budget.Consultants at several national and internationalplatforms have identified ten broad themes.Participating countries will develop regional andlocal activities and outreach will be a majortheme of these programmes.
THE MAJOR THEMES OF PROGRAMME: Groundwater - towards sustainable use Hazards - minimising risk, maximising awareness Earth and Health - building a safer environment Climate - the "stone tape“ Resources - sustainable power for sustainable development Megacities - going deeper, building safer Deep Earth - from crust to core Ocean - abyss of time Soil - the thin brown line
Over the last two or three decades, the international arena has become increasingly aware of the need for a better understanding of the interactions between human activities and the natural environment. This understanding is needed to ensure that human activities are managed so as to protect the environment to maximum extent possible while ensuring human basic requirements as well. Recently increasing attention has been given to specific issues concerning our dependence on the Earth’s crest that part of the planet that literally supports all our activities. It is the earth’s crest that meets many of our needs: from food and water to other essentials like minerals natural gas petroleum etc. the earth is in immediate need of protection from Human activities
The UN has taken several initiatives in this regard through UNEP, UNESCO, in the 1984 project “Geology and the Environment” with international cooperation. Now we have yet another initiative in the form of the project “International Year of Planet Earth” signifying the need and urgency of saving earth. The programme is a step in this direction, to begin with the Indian chapter. In this we wish to have experts from different environment related fields to help us broaden our knowledge base in understanding different aspects of human interactions with the earth and its resources, which will further initiate to a much broader outreach campaign as a footstep under the ongoing project “Understanding Planet Earth” implemented by NCSTC- Network catalysed and supported by RVPSP, DST govt. of India. Let us join together to save our planet for better and prosperous tomorrow
THE INDIAN CAMPAIGN Outreach activities under the Year of Planet Earth will target specific groups continually, forcefully and effectively throughout the country. These will aim at: Teacher trainers and high school science and geography teachers Balwaadi and Aanganwaadi trainers Panchayat and municipal elected members Trade union leaders University and college teachers and students, and Members of scientific academies and professional bodies. Specific programs are being proposed which overlap with the International Year of Planet Earth programs. An advisory group of eminent individuals will help develop activities
THE INITIATIVESThe Understanding Planet Earth programme will address one or more of the following aims: Enable and empower the community for balanced and safe development of life on earth, Change the mind-set of children/youth and make them socially active, responsible and useful. It will create awareness about resources that need a balanced and interacting interface between humans’ and our planet Earth.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION CELL ( PIC) Is Set up to facilitate proper formulation and implementation of the program, is being established. The setting up of Cell facilitated by NCSTC-Network with the support from RVPSP, DST, Govt of India.Project Implementation Cell (PIC) Executive Officer Programme officers Asstt. Programme Officers Support staff
THE BASIC MANDATE OF PIC- Recommending and finalizing issues, activity modules for field level activities, Decide procedures for development & dissemination of software Developing mechanism of documentation, monitoring & assessment, Strategies of Media coordination, Approval of new formats, if proposed by any organization Apprising DST about the progress of the programme.
THE MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES- Take care of proper implementation of activities as recommended by NSC. If desired by NSC, identifying groups/ institutions for planning activities in areas where proposals have not been received ; Development of indicators to assess effectiveness of all field activities Set up mechanism for publicity in print and electronic media; Develop procedures/ strategies for authentic and comprehensive documentation; and mid term monitoring and assessment of field activities. Identify gaps in available software ( print, electronic etc.) and organize development of core communication material;
Over see development of software in Hindi and English for suitability of content and formats to be used for different target groups; Organise pre-testing of software in different regions; Coordinate multiplication and dissemination of software to state coordinators; Monitor the implementation and suggest mid-course corrections where ever necessary; Help in developing data-base of human-ware (experts for lectures, public debates, folk performers);
FIELD LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION OF UPEPROGRAMME: The activities will be implemented through S & T councils/ identified NGOs, institutions and Professional bodies in different states. The coordinating agency will be identified on the basis of merit of their proposals submitted to RVPSP/ Steering Committee. Professional agencies will be approached for development of software, kits and imparting training to the organizers and resource persons. One national workshop on each module will be organized where professional bodies will be involved.
PROPOSED ACTIVITIES1. Awareness Generation – Exhibitions, lecture demonstrations, science fairs, science film festivals, plays, competitions, Interaction with experts, visits to museums, industries and so on2. Capacity Building – Training programs, hands-on activities, Map learning, Understanding and using - GIS , GPS, Remote sensing, Pollution measurements, Weather labs- understanding weather, Debates3. Software development – booklets, posters, multimedia, films
ARCHITECTURE OF IMPLEMENTATION ( Cluster of 10 districts proposed in states with more than 12-13 districts or geographical coverage) One district amongst this cluster will be NODE NODE to have more number of Awareness as well as Capacity building activities