Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom, is a pioneer when it comes to protecting its environment. A country with a negative carbon footprint, which also is a carbon sinkhole, Bhutan’s constitution explicitly mentions that no less than 60 per cent of Bhutan must always remain forested.
GNH, a model attributed to the fourth king of Bhutan H.H Jigme Singye Wanchuk, provides an extensive ground for green education and protection of the environment.
Being a Buddhist-majority country, every policy is based on Buddhist ideology and it is not surprising to find that the Bhutanese pay utmost attention and respect to environment.
The ‘Green Schools for Green Bhutan’ model aims to form an ecologically stable and progressive society. The learning in such a model includes all academic disciplines, specific educational strategies, and aims to fill in the chasm between education, nature, and community. This model aims to teach the students to think, to reflect and to feel concerned about the natural surroundings. It creates a classroom environment which respects the Earth by teaching the students how to use the natural resources judiciously.
Additionally, it also promotes a feeling of compassion and adjustment among students and empowers them to live in harmony with nature.
As the seventh largest country in the world, India has an important lesson to learn from this tiny Himalayan nation. The current afforestation and environmentally conscious policies of Modi government seem like an apt and progressive step in recognising the ecological problems and finding solutions for them.