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Embassy Of Sweden Partners With Heritage International Xperiential Learning School; Engages Youth In Climate Change Dialogue

The collaboration will spread awareness about Stockholm+50, an international meet on climate change and environmental protection

Heritage International Xperiential School, Gurgaon, in alliance with the Embassy of Sweden, organised intergenerational climate talks to put across the voices of the youth ahead of the Stockholm+50. The event hosted at Heritage School was organised in partnership with Sweden Alumni from the Delhi chapter and Sweden Embassy. The initiative held in a line up to Stockholm+50 focussed on fostering youth discussions on climate change and environmental protection, promoting intergenerational dialogue, raising awareness of environmental issues in South Asia and inspiring youth to take action in their local communities for environmental protection.

Stockholm+50 is a crucial international environmental meet, scheduled to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on June 2 and 3, 2022. This year's high-level global meet will initiate climate talks under the theme 'A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.' The international discourse will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organisations and governments around the world, ensuring the wellbeing of current and future generations.

The event at Heritage International commenced with a welcome address from the, Spokey Wheeler, Director and Head, Heritage International Xperiential School, followed by the opening remarks of Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden. The session progressed with the screening of the Stockholm+50 movie, which received an overwhelming response from the attendees. It was followed by an interactive panel discussion around 'South Asian Youth Perspectives ahead of Stockholm+50.' The students participated in the event and the teacher moderated the session.

Along with the dialogue, a Seven Day Challenge was also launched by the Embassy of Sweden and Swedish Alumni, starting on June 1, 2022. The seven-day challenge was launched to encourage students to design a #MyClimateCommitment plan, framing a more sustainable way of eating, moving and living for seven days. The week-long challenge, whose submission deadline is June 10, will be evaluated by the Embassy personnel. Based on the impact and creativity of the challenges designed by the students, the Embassy will pick three winners on June 15, 2022. Winners will be invited to the Sustainability Showroom in the Business Sweden office, New Delhi.

"It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to be here today, representing Sweden. Every morning when I get up, I say a few words, taught by my elders as a homage to this land, Mother Earth, seeking its forgiveness for treading on it. The words always keep me reminded of the fact that we are a part of this world, not its lord, whose resources are to be shared and by no means should be taken for granted. I wish the younger generation will be able to find a new way of living which is better and away from the old practices as a lot was wrong with those, which is more beneficial and wholesome for all the lives including animals and plants dwelling on the planet," said Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden.



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