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I Live Simply Movement

Suchitra Menon

Many voices around the world have declared indisputably that the biggest emergency that humanity is facing today is Climate Crisis. In a recent publication a group of scientists ascertained that our planet has reached a state of a Global Tipping Point, which means that irreversible changes are occurring to our environmental ecosystem – the recent burning of Amazon rainforest is an example of this. Alarmingly, India is the fifth most vulnerable country in the world to climate crisis. We as Indians have experienced this in the form of untimely weather changes, frequent floods, animal/bird extinctions, increase in health criticalities etc. According to a recent analysis, India recorded the highest deaths due to climate crisis-led disasters and the second highest amount of monetary losses in 2018.

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Power of the Youth in Fighting Climate Change:

It is a misconception to believe that the responsibility of climate crisis is borne by the older generation, especially those holding higher positions in offices. What needs to be deeply imbibed into the minds of today’s youth is that if they don’t protest and act now, then the future is not going to be rosy for them. Greta Thunberg spearheaded the global movement against Global Warming when she was just 15-years old.

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Sonam Wangchuk’s I LIVE SIMPLY campaign

Sonam Wangchuk is a name synonymous to sustainability and alternate education in India. For those who don’t know, his life inspired the character of “Phunsukh Wangdu” in Aamir Khan-starrer 3 Idiots!

Last October, in order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, he appealed to the people of the world to start a global movement towards sustainability and climate change. For this he initiated a global campaign called I_LIVE_SIMPLY, requesting people to bring changes in their lifestyle as a response towards Climate Crisis.

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I_LIVE_SIMPLY is a unique crowd-funding campaign where the contribution made is not monetarily, rather by pledging a greener and simpler lifestyle changes. As leaders of tomorrow, students’ participation in this movement can have a huge impact in fighting global warming. Some of the pledges today’s youth can make could be: Making your college campus plastic free, planting more trees in your campus and around, adopting bike-pooling or using more of public transport, reducing unnecessary water consumption, less data consumption which meant lesser online streaming, taking initiatives to partner with waste management organisations for proper recycling of eWastes, TetraPaks, plastics etc.

How can you as a student of India participate in this campaign?

If you as a student or group of students wish to be a part of this movement, then send us your contributions on WhatsApp (@+91 9061207333) or via an email at info@fayz.in, with the below mentioned:

(a) your picture with a placard that says #ILIVESIMPLY
(b) the pledge(s) you have made
(c) the name of your college

Earth needs you! If climate change and sustainability are not parts of your curriculum, then ensure that you introduce them through your green initiatives. Let’s wake up and rise to the cause, lest your future generations read about the Arctic glaciers and Amazon forests as History!

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