National Green Corps (NGC)

The Department of Environment is the Nodal Agency for implementing the National Green Corps (NGC) in Tamil Nadu and active since 2002-2003. There are 8000 NGC Eco clubs functioning in 32 districts@ 250/district. The MoEF&CC, GoI approved a grant of Rs. 5000/- per school during 2018-19 for the activities of NGC. Training is given to the teacher coordinators in each district of the State for NGC activities. Around, 3,20,000 children participate in the awareness movement under this programme.

The NGC students are engaged in various environmental awareness programmes like celebrating at least six Green Days in schools, school campus cleaning, tree planting, environmental awareness rallies, vermicomposting, enviro-expo, enviro-competitions, anti-plastic campaign, cultural programmes on environmental awareness, nature camps, Swachh Bharat etc

The main objectives of this programme is to educate children about their immediate environment and impart knowledge about the eco-systems, their inter-dependence and their need for survival, through visits and demonstrations and to mobilize youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation. In Tamil Nadu, National Green Corps has been launched in 8000 schools located in 32 districts at 250 schools per district.

The main objectives of NGC are

  • To make children understand environment and environmental problems.
  • To provide environmental education opportunities for school children.
  • To utilize the unique position of school children as conducts for awareness of the society at large.
  • To facilitate children’s participation in decision making in areas related to environment and development.
  • To bring children into direct contact with the environmental problems facing the society they live in and make them think of solutions.
  • To involve children in action based programmes related to environment in their surroundings.