Youth Spot: Adopting an eco-lifestyle

Staff Reporter
Filed on February 3, 2013
Youth Spot: Adopting an eco-lifestyle

With the UAE National Environment Day only a day away, several students from across the Emirate have begin activities by planting trees and making pledges to adopt an eco-lifestyle.

Aishwarya Shetty, a student from Our Own English High School, Sharjah, is one of those involved. “Planting and caring for seedlings help young people learn about the natural world and the value of trees in it.”

A group of young students from various institutions across the UAE, including Socially Yearning Network for Environment, Reach-out and Growth Youth, have been working with the sole purpose of supporting environmental causes. Tadweer, the Echo of the Environment and Dubai Municipality, together celebrated this year’s National Environment Day two days early on Saturday by planting trees and giving the students a tour of Tadweer facility to give them a better insight into waste management.

Under the patronage of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, every year the country marks National Environment Day on February 4. The National Environment Day supports the spirit of individual and collective initiatives and responsibility among all segments of the society on environmental issues. Tadweer is one of the first companies in the region to pioneer waste management solution applications for producing alternative fuel and green products as well as to support environment leadership.

Simran Vedvyas, founder of the youth environmental group SynergY and student of The Millennium School, Dubai, said young people were the next champions. “The challenge today is to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Each one of us has a responsibility to live peacefully without jeopardising the natural resources. We need to act now by convening, converging and collaborating.”

Ananya Jain who studies at the Dubai International Academy promised to take back the day’s learning to use in her project work and share it with her friends. Unmesh Datta, a member and student from the Delhi Private School, Sharjah said: “As a fervent environmentalist, I always try to do whatever possible for me to save our green planet. I feel that having first-hand information by visiting a waste recycling plant would be a great experience for us.”

Zaid Haddadin, who studies at the Repton School, Dubai, and aspires to be a Software Engineer, said he felt content after planting the tree and understanding the importance of reducing waste.

Touring the factory, the youngsters got an opportunity to see the process of solid waste sorting and recycling — a testimony to Tadweer’s mission that goes beyond commercial purposes and aims to establish a quality environment through educational partnerships, increasing waste reduction, recycling and resource conservation. Such innovative participation will certainly put UAE on the path of zero waste generation, and will turn solid waste from a burden to a resource.

Tadweer general manager Haitham Shaqwara motivated the group by emphasising, “the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling of waste.”

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