With the suitable elements and environment at its provision,it is only a matter of time before a seedling breaks through its dormancy in vigor. When perspective and insights meet knowledge and expertise the result is no less productive and the effect promises a potentiality quite far reaching. BGreen is an initiative that groups the seedlings of perspectives and insights with the experiences of experts in a call for environmental sustainability. Founded as part of a doctoral research by Fadia Hassan, the initiative now fosters motivation in the field of environment and climate sustainability through programs such as the Media Literacy Project, Mentorship Program, Annual Conference and Workshop series and thrives to integrate dynamic youth from the chosen communities with diverse environmental experts, professionals and other climate-concerned citizens from around the world and inspire the youth from diverse social backgrounds in engaging with issues of environment, climate change and sustainability.
While the Mentorship Program helps local community plans in the field to gain a start-up the Media Literacy Project showcases the possibilities of such plans. Academics and activists from around the world come together on a television platform and discuss various dimension and topics in regards to environmental issues.
The Annual Conference and workshop series is more a brainstorming platform where the enthusiasm of young minds are geared to create ground-up theories that might bring some effective action in aid to the field. The conference and workshops commenced from the year 2014 and brought about a candid platform for young minds to discuss and learn on the issues. In the first season, around 120 youths, between the ages of 16 and 22, were deliberated through panels, mediated dialogues and deliberations, activities, film screenings, workshops, and art exhibits from local, national and international professionals. Students were educated on environmental challenges and shown ways to engage in solution-building.The conference held in January 2014 was organized by BGreen and hosted by Center for Sustainable Development(CSD) at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) .
The event was in collaboration with national and international organizations from UK, US, Bangladesh, Belgium such as Winrock International, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Development Action Program Bangladesh (PDAD). Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative (BYEI), Bangladesh Youth Movement for Climate (BYMC), Journey for Climate Justice (JCJ) and Islamic Relief Bangladesh were the strategic partners of the event.
The second season of the conference in January 2015 had Edward M. Kennedy Center as its host and promised a series of thought provoking workshops that can lead to effective actions in dealing with the energy crisis. The workshops are scheduled in May 2015 concentrating on youth action in regards to the present Sundarbans crisis and might as well be yet another “unique opportunity for the youth, whose voices are often under-represented and under-exposed, to be heard and articulated in a safe, prominent platform”.