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Outreach to India – Dr Kumar publicises the green agenda

Niraj Kumar

Dr Niraj Kumar, lecturer in logistics and supply chain management at Sheffield University Management School (pictured above, front row wearing blue shirt), has been passing on his expertise to schoolchildren in the state of Jharkhand, India.

They invited him to talk about his experience in sustainability, and Dr Kumar hopes that by passing on this information, a new generation of Indian youngsters will be more aware of the issues affecting our planet.

He said: “Over the summer, I was involved in educational outreach activities with a school (Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir) in a small town known as Hazaribag in the state of Jharkhand, India. I was invited to visit the school, and to interact with more than 250 students of 11-15 years age. The purpose of my visit was to inform and encourage young students to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives, in a friendly and interactive environment.

“Developing countries like India are often criticised for poor performance on sustainability indicators, and I believe that the real change can only be made by working with young children, who can not only change their own practices but can also influence their parents to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. If we really want to provide a greener and cleaner earth to future generations, we must need to develop ‘green thinking’ in young minds.”

Dr Kumar enjoyed his visit, and plans to return in 2015.

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