Sow­ing seeds for a greener fu­ture

The next gen­er­a­tion pick up tips on en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE -

Maths and lan­guage books were set aside this week as Dubai's school­child­ren learned some im­por­tant lessons at an event on sus­tain­abil­ity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pupils from a num­ber of Dubai schools at­tended a Be­yond COP 21 sym­po­sium at GEMS New Mil­len­nium School,l which put green is­sues front and cen­tre.

Peter Milne, di­rec­tor of Tar­get4Green Ed­u­ca­tional Con­sul­tancy and Train­ing, said: “We looked at the state of the planet, we used high-im­pact im­ages and we looked at how cli­mate change im­pacts on com­mu­ni­ties and ef­fects ev­ery­thing, from poverty and hunger through to droughts and biodiversity.

“The aim was to get the stu­dents to un­der­stand th­ese is­sues and ac­tu­ally talk and feel em­pow­ered to do some­thing.”

Spe­cial guests and ex­perts put some in­sight­ful and hard-hit­ting mes­sages across to the next gen­er­a­tion in a series of talks, pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops.

Blue, the en­vi­ron­men­tal divi­sion of the Al Serkal Group, raised aware­ness about re­cy­cling cook­ing oil, an ev­ery­day is­sue that can have a huge im­pact. Ta­tiana An­tonelli from the Drop It cam­paign high­lighted the dev­as­tat­ing and harm­ful im­pact of plas­tic water bot­tles on our planet.

Other key pre­sen­ta­tions came from Emi­rates Green Build­ing Coun­cil, while other ex­hibitors in­cluded Emi­rates Div­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, LeakDtech and Bea­con En­ergy So­lu­tions.

The event was a great op­por­tu­nity for young­sters to un­der­stand the world’s cur­rent predica­ment while dis­cussing a more sus­tain­able fu­ture. Many ex­perts of­fered prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions, which, if im­ple­mented to­day, could have a big im­pact on our fu­ture.

With the UAE an early adopter and rat­i­fier of COP 21 (the global agree­ment on re­duc­tion of emis­sions to halt global warm­ing), it is im­por­tant that our young­sters look to live a cleaner and more eth­i­cal, sus­tain­able life­style.

Milne said: “When you look at it, politi­cians seem to be de­lay­ing a lot of things and some don't even be­lieve in the is­sue of cli­mate change. That is scary be­cause peo­ple be­lieve what th­ese politi­cians say. So we need to get the younger gen­er­a­tion em­pow­ered, to say that they are go­ing to take ac­tion rather than wait for the politi­cians with their red tape. They are just go­ing to get on with it.” chris.fraser@7days.ae

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