Stu­dents are talk of the town

Pub­lic speak­ing con­test goes green

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Ryan @ThatPad­dyRyan pa­trick@7days.ae

The world is a tick­ing time bomb.

That’s ac­cord­ing to stu­dents from The Philip­pines Global School, Abu Dhabi, who were speak­ing at the In­ter School En­vi­ron­men­tal Pub­lic Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Dubai Knowl­edge Vil­lage.

“Sus­tain­able en­ergy is the most ideal path for hu­man­ity to fol­low,” said stu­dent Sa­man­tha Sales. “There is a lack of peo­ple in in­dus­try who are will­ing to em­brace change as they are afraid of what they lose rather than gain.

“If all of hu­man­ity em­braced so­lar power then the elec­tri­cal com­pa­nies would be shunned.

“The same goes for the mo­tor in­dus­try.”

She said that sus­tain­able liv­ing won’t be pos­si­ble un­til ev­ery­one works to­wards the same goal.

“Earth has mu­sic for those who lis­ten,” she said.

“Our obli­ga­tion is to pro­tect the Earth we call home.”

She con­cluded: “Un­for tu­nately char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours are bad for busi­ness.”

Habiba Al Marashi, Emi­rates Environment Group (EEG) chair­per­son, said: “We cel­e­brate Earth Day each year by or­gan­is­ing this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion and through this com­pe­ti­tion we en­vis­age to bring to­gether the stu­dent and teach­ers com­mu­nity from across the UAE and es­teemed guests from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions on a com­mon plat­form. “This gives the op­por­tu­nity to share ideas and learn more about en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges fac­ing us to­day and come up with pos­si­ble solutions to mit­i­gate them.” She said the youth has im­mense po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, pro­vided they are given the right tools and in­spi­ra­tion. “This bilin­gual com­pe­ti­tion em­pow­ers the youth to take charge of their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by ex­pos­ing them to en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and push­ing them to come up with solutions,” she said. Seventy five teams from schools across the UAE took part in the event, which lasted for two days. Schools from two dif­fer­ent age sec­tors, 13-15 and 16-18, had to speak in front of the au­di­ence about en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues ,in­clud­ing sus­tain­able en­ergy and de­vel­op­ment. The over­all win­ners of the event, which was held last week, were Dubai Na­tional School Al Bar­sha and run­ners-up were Star In­ter­na­tional School, Dubai, and Our Own English High School, Shar­jah.

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