Sunday, July 5, 2009

Let’s live a green life

The Gulf Today, 30 Oct 2008
LIVING your life without compromising the lives of others in the present or the future generations can be called ‘green living’, said Kim Hudson, an environmental education consultant based in United Kingdom.
“Inspiring children to lead green life is trying to make them aware of what is happening in rest of the world and their impact on it,” Hudson was speaking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of Emirates Environmental Group’s eighth ‘Tomorrow’s Environmentalists’ workshop for students.
She added: “The fundamental principle of sustainable schools is motivating everyone within a school either through the curriculum or campaigns and everyday living working together to be more sustainable.”
Dedicated to the issue of sustainable lifestyles and the impact of ecological footprint, the three-day environmental workshop, organised for three levels of the student community from the age group of 10 to 18 years, has brought together about 450 students from 90 schools across the UAE, said a spokesperson of EEG.
“Students presentations in the form of art, poetry, posters and slogans showcased their creativity and learning in a unique blend. Certificates were distributed to the students who participated in the workshops, along with a multi-media presentation to each participating school in order to facilitate environmental assignments and programmes within their academic institutions,” added Sabeeha, an EEG official.
Habiba Al Marashi, chairperson of EEG said, “The students workshop brought together students from different schools to learn about important educational topics, challenging the young minds to recommend solutions for it.”
“The programme aimed at building capacity for environmental pro-action, promote interaction and strengthen the efforts for sustainable development in the UAE. The education for sustainable development will help students to adopt behaviours and practices to live a full life without being deprived of the basics,” she added.

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