Handprint Resources

  • Home
  • Handprint Resources

To help indivudals and organizations to understand Handprint concept and its application, this section presents global and national educational resources for your reference. The resource which are included here are developed for Schools, Colleges, NGOs, Researchers, Professionals and several others who are interested in taking sustainable positive actions.

Educational material has teachers and educators modules and activity booklets, student material, articles and papers published nationally and internationally. Please acknowledge

Teachers Material

Rhodes University Environmental Education and Sustainability Unit in Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa developed a set of 12 Handprint Resource books. These resource books are designed to provide teachers with start-up materials for change-oriented learning. Activities in the book can support learning in the natural sciences, technology and language learning areas, and can contribute to the development of greening, innovative and expressive Handprints.

The National Green Corps (NGC) is a programme of the Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India where school children form the crux of the initiative through an extensive network of over 1.2 lakh Eco-clubs across the country. CEE’s 

Paryavaran Mitra builds on massive network of eco club schools work where 100 Handprint action stories were documents in various themes like waste management, climate change, water and many more. 

Paryavaran Mitra – A ‘Handprint’ approach to education

Paryavaran Mitra or Friends of Environment initiative, brings to itself CEE’s learning of more than 35 years of working with schools systems in varied contexts. Designed as a Sustainability and Climate Change education programme employs ESD as a means of education. The programme launched in 2010 after a successful ‘pick right’ campaign with two lakh schools on climate change education and selection of Paryavaran ambassador. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was chosen by children as the Paryavaran Ambassador and the enthusiasm generated by the campaign was an opportunity to focus on a programme with Project Based Learning as pedagogy. Handprint then became the symbol of the engagement of children from classes 6 to 9 in action towards sustainability. The programme has an outreach of over two lakh schools and works in 15 languages. The programme is enriched with the partnership of more than 160 organisations at various levels. The emphasis of the programme is on activities that are linked to the curriculum, replacing the conventional methods to help children understand the relevance of the Handprint approach in the local context or our lives, and apply it.

My Carbon Footprint Vs Handprint book (Cover page of book is not available – Make a creative with Increase your handprint, Decrease your footprint)

The books covers topics related to climate change and how our actions can help reduce our carbon footprint and increase our handprint leading to sustainable development. The book provides a tool to help us assess and reflect on the implications of our actions and suggests simple ways with which we can live carbon neutral lives. Although many of our actions affect the environment, however, this book focuses on only five important issues: the water we use, food we eat, energy we use in our homes, energy used in travelling and the waste we create. It is expected that understanding these human impacts would help us make informed
choices about future eco-friendly ways of living.

Ecological Handprint Activity Book

The Ecological Handprint book builds on the concept of the Carbon Footprint. The Carbon Footprint was developed as a tool for individuals and communities to determine areas in which their actions impact the environment, and to use their findings to find areas to reduce their impact. In contrast, the focus of the handprint is to understand how individuals and communities can expand their ability to undertake actions that positively impact our planet. It is a symbol and a measurement of our commitment to positive actions that benefit the world in the present and the future.

Reference for Students, Youths and Companies

Climate Action- Handprint Activities
Climate Action booklet presents over 100 + positive ideas which are simple, powerful and east to put into practice. Select you individual contributions to combat climate change, Increate your Handprint, Decrease you’re Footprint.

Biodiversity Conservation – Handprint Actions
The CEPA Fair event note from 2012 gives an introduction to various efforts and organizations as a part of Handprint and provides a glimpse into the key aspects covered during the event.

My Carbon Footprint
In this booklet a toolkit has been provided that helps to understand the implications of our actions. It gives a simple formulae to calculate just about every impact of our lifestyles including the food we eat, energy we use and waste we create. Understanding these human impacts helps us make informed choices about future ways of living. We invite you to join us in making choices for a better world for all!

Carbon Handprint Guide
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and LUT University have developed a new approach for quantifying carbon handprint based on standardized methods. The work has been conducted in cooperation with 10 industrial partners representing different business areas and products and has thus benefitted from insider understanding of the varying requirements that arise from diverse operating environments. At the same time, the similarities between different cases have been identified leading to the creation of a decision pathway that helps to define baselines and take the required calculation steps. This step-by- step guide directs you through the process of assessing and communicating the carbon handprint of a product in line with life cycle assessment and carbon footprint methods.

Retain material links present on current webpage

Global Citizenship Education
Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st century, UNESCO
Social Action Curriculum Project
Grade 8
What can we do to create an ecological handprint?, UK
Global Climate Change Policy Statement, Intel
Footprints & Handprints
The Edinburgh University community's climate impact and how we begin reducing it. UK

Articles and Papers

Handprint Actions
The 37 th issue of SangSaeng various aspects of global citizenship education. It focusses on the historical background and theory of global citizenship education, giving practical suggestions on how to implement. It also touches upon how schools can contribute to raising global citizens.

From Footprint to Handprint - Our personal action for sustainable development
Article provides an overview of concepts of foorprint and handprint. It guides reader to understand handpirnt concept and decide on what kind of handprint actions they can take.

Our Environmental Handprint - The Good We Do
The environmental handprint is the good we do for the environment. It builds on the concept of the environmental footprint. The potential of the handprint is unlimited. One’s personal handprint can be magnified by influencing the actions of others and can be accumulated over a career. The handprint’s positive feedback harnesses the power of creativity, idealism and profit. Case studies relating to wind power, solar cookers, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) illustrate the development of collective handprints.

Handprint: Positive Actions Towards Sustainability

Giving Legs to Handprint Thinking: Foundations for Evaluating the Good We Do

Ideas for change: your environmental handprint