“Our house is on fire!” We homo sapiens are facing the greatest challenge right now: Ecological crisis and climate emergency. IPCC warns that we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. Bangladesh will be one of the first countries to confront the adverse effects of climate change. Our soil, water and air are polluted, forests and biodiversity diminished, natural resources are degraded.
While our leadership is failing our future, we cannot wait to act. We are at a time in history where our empowered youth must speak out and act. We believe a new generation of enlightened, conscious, and committed young citizens with global mindset and actions can bring back the ecological balance in nature for harmonious development of human civilization and create a more just, fair, sustainable, and resilient world.
NEO is an education and knowledge movement to mainstream earth and environmental science education in Bangladesh. NEO aims to educate, inspire, and nurture future scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to generate necessary knowledge and provide thought leadership for a more just, fair and sustainable Bangladesh and world. Through a national level Olympiad competition that takes place across Bangladesh, NEO instills curiosity and develops consciousness about ongoing environmental concerns among the younger generation and nurtures their talents to help them become agents of positive change in the society.
NEO competition impart earth and environmental science knowledge
GDT helps develop leadership skills and install motivation to take environmental action
NEO engages alumni in action projects in their communities
This year’s theme for the National Earth Olympiad is ‘Building Forward Better: Toward a Sustainable and Resilient Future’. As the world grapples with the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that the global focus does not shift away from climate change and environmental degradation. IPBES report suggests that further human ecological disruption will make global pandemics more likely. Hence, we will have to restore ecological balance and reduce anthropogenic global environmental change to prevent future pandemics. NEO 2020 will focus on the concept of ‘One Health’ exploring the linkage among ecological disruption, global climate change and public health for a more sustainable and resilient future in a COVID-19 altered world.
Launched in 2012, NEO took place 7 times engaging 10,000+ students and established contacts with 250+ schools across 8 divisions in Bangladesh. The Olympiad consists of divisional round and national round exams, and a specially designed environmental leadership workshop popularly known as GDT or Green Day Training. Through GDT, we have trained 600+ students on environmental leadership till today. Until now, our participants have earned 3 silver medals and 10 bronze medals in the International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO).