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