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‘Children can change the world for sure’

At a two-day event, Pierre Leretz, ABB’s head of process automation for India, the Middle East and Africa, said that teaching children about sustainable energy is a vital part of ensuring that such technologies are put to use in the future.



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Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Published: Thu 18 Jun 2015, 12:51 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:09 PM

Dubai — Getting the right message to children today will definitely shape the future: A two-day event on the importance of sustainability and renewable energy underlined this belief, as the programme concluded on Tuesday.

The “Paris Climat 2015” open house event was conducted by the Alliance Francaise in Dubai on Monday and Tuesday, the latest in a series of environmentally-focused events, in lead up to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

The Alliance Francaise, France’s premier language and cultural organisation, organised the programme to discuss environmental issues with students in partnership with the French Business Council, along with representatives of several French and Swiss companies including ABB —  which played an integral part in the design and flight of the Solar Impulse aircraft.

Pierre Leretz, ABB’s head of process automation for India, the Middle East and Africa, said that teaching children about sustainable energy is a vital part of ensuring that such technologies are put to use in the future.

 “Getting the right message to children will obviously have an impact on them not only today, but also tomorrow. Because those children are going to carry this message and will act responsibly towards the planet.”

“Children have a much bigger influence on their parents than if we were to communicate directly with the parents.”

“I’m really convinced that the best channel for change is kids,” said Herve Faujour of Veolia, which operates a number of projects in the UAE including a water treatment plant in Sharjah.

“I’m sure they are much more sensitive to the environment than us. They’ll be the ones that convince the parents to make changes. My kids are always telling me to changing the flush to have less water, to change the bulb, to switch off the lights.”

Hortense Meunier, Middle East marketing and communications coordinator of Suez Environment, a French utility company, which operates in the water and waste management sectors, said that the education of children will bode well for the future of recycling in the UAE.

“Recycling in the UAE is starting, and since the country is pretty new, it takes time. In France, for example, it took maybe 20 years to get people to used to recycling and to delivering the message of its importance for the environment,” she said. —  bernd@khaleejtimes.com 


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