• GDP will champion, propagate, spread the word about climate change issues, and its effects on tourism.

There is a general lack of awareness towards issues surrounding climate change in the tourism industry. The effects of climate change on tourism, and the effects that tourism has on climate change is not discussed as much as it needs to be. The tourism industry and its stakeholders have not had a chance to understand the science behind and fundamental issues that govern climate change. When this understanding is spread, their work in the industry will become more sensitive to the planet. 

  • GDP will identify, facilitate and implement sustainability solutions and technologies that will help promote sustainability.

Sustainable technologies are moving forward at a rapid pace. People within the sector are aware of the changes and advancements. However, the community at large and the tourism sector in specific, are unaware of all the possibilities. GDP will spread the word of new sustainable technologies and help implement them. 

  • GDP will act as a think tank to given inputs that influence policy making at a local, national, regional and global level.

GDP hopes to assemble a panel of experts from around the world, who will act as a think tank for India in specific and the Sub Continent & SAARC countries in general. There is a lot of advanced and cutting edge thinking from around the world, that we need to harvest for the benefit of the region. GDP will facilitate this through regular newsletters, research studies, publication of papers and organising conferences & workshops. 

The logo of Green Dreams for the Planet signifies… 

Simplicity, harmony, energy, balance, sustainability are all ideas that powerfully resonate with the value systems of Green Dream for the Planet Foundation, and were therefore the guiding concepts motivating this logo. 

A thorough and rigorous process of finding the ideal way to encapsulate this vision led to the final form here--where the sun shines over an idyllic landscape, where fresh leaves turn into rolling hills that hug the edges of a crescent wave, where solar power, clean water and fresh air unite within one cloud, one dream. 

The logo foresees a world that chooses to benefit from the renewable and sustainable resources naturally available to our planet. If we all share this dream, we can all soon share this as reality. Arathi Abraham is a National institute of Design, India faculty and senior designer. She guided the thinking behind the logo, which was developed by the young, dynamic designer Somrata Sarkar. 
More of her work is in this link:
Training Partners

Green Dreams for the Planet (GDP) is the training partner for India for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. GDP will on a regular basis conduct GSTC's, 'Sustainable Tourism Training Programme' (STTP), in India.
Knowledge partners

The Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of passionate individuals who come together under the leadership of the Nobel Laureate & Former US Vice President, Al Gore, to help solve the greatest challenge of our time. Today we know that climate disruption is the biggest challenge that humanity is facing. We also know that burning fossil fuels is one of the biggest causes for this climate change. The Climate Reality Project trains Climate Leaders who can go out and spread the science and reality behind climate change. For more details, visit

One of the first projects taken on by Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation is to help reduce green houses gases from vehicle emissions.
Globally, vehicle emissions contribute to green house gases, which are leading to climate change challenges. In 2005, more than 14% of world greenhouse gas emissions came from transportation (passenger and freight)1. Obviously these figures have climbed a lot since then. It is also known that 17.2% of the fuel of a vehicle is burnt when the vehicle is idling. Most of this idling happens at traffic signals. Studies have proven that idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and emits more CO2 than engine restarting. While this may vary depending on the size and type of engine, the variance is from 0.2 to 0.5 gal/h for passenger vehicles across a range of sizes, and increased with idling speed.
Green Dreams for the Planet is devising strategies to persuade drivers of vehicles to switch off their engines when they see red at a traffic signal. A test campaign was launched on 22nd April 2015 on the occasion of the World Environment day in Bangalore city. Volunteers were stationed at 15 traffic signals across the city with placards that carried a simple message encouraging them to turn off their engines. The test campaign was a success. More than 75% of vehicles who saw the appeal message, responded to the call to turn their engines off. Next steps: This initiative is Phase 1 of a multi phase initiative that we will see the scaling of this initiative at a global level in a 5 to 7 year period.



C.B. Ramkumar

Co-founder & Director


Lalitha Ramkumar

Co-Founder and Director


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