Sowing seeds for a greener future
The next generation pick up tips on environmental responsibility
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.” email@example.com