Students are talk of the town
Public speaking contest goes green
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.