On World En­vi­ron­ment Day, Youth Com­pany In­ter­na­tional put to­gether a com­pelling di­a­logue on how we are ir­re­versibly chang­ing our planet.

Qatar Today - - CULTURE > DOHA DIARY -

The se­ries of eight talks held at the Stu­dent Cen­ter in Ed­u­ca­tion City, sup­ported by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, saw en­thu­si­as­tic at­ten­dance, with over 450 stu­dents, cor­po­rates, govern­ment officials and com­mu­nity mem­bers present. In a video ad­dress, HE Sheikh Ahmed Amer Mo­hamed Al Hu­maidi, the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, ad­dressed the au­di­ence, high­light­ing the im­por­tance of the role of youth in se­cur­ing our pre­cious re­sources. Qatar has a ter­ri­ble track record in con­sump­tion and waste cre­ation, the pre­sen­ters said and it was every­one's re­spon­si­bil­ity to work to­wards re­duc­ing that. The first speaker of the evening, the Dutch Am­bas­sador HE Yvette van Ee­choud il­lus­trated this point in her short and in­ter­est­ing talk about how small Dutch com­pa­nies had sprung up around re­use and re­cy­cling - from bou­tique phone re­pairs to leased jeans, “young en­trepreneurs are do­ing rel­e­vant and ex­cit­ing things while hav­ing fun at the same time”, she said. Another in­ter­est­ing talk was by MoE's wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Dilip Ku­mar who wowed the au­di­ence with some of his mag­nif­i­cent shots of birds fly­ing through Qatar along with some sta­tis­tics about the num­ber of species of birds – both res­i­dent and mi­gra­tory – that can be found in Qatar. The event also saw the launch of the book The Lizards of Qatar by Aurora Castilla.

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