“There will be a time, 50 years from now, when we load the last barrel of oil aboard the ship. The question is, 50 years from now when we have loaded this last barrel of oil, are we going to feel sad? If our investment today is right I think, dear brothers and sisters, we will celebrate that moment.” H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) visited the Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) on September 11 & 13 to present a lecture on the topical issue of climate change to a group of 80 Business students .
In addition to the informative lecture the EWS-WWF presented an interactive board game on the nature of climate change, how to respond to it, and what actions are being taken in the UAE. This initiative was valuable in raising sensitivity on important issues like the impact of climate change on water, the ecosystem, food, the coast and also the health sector.
EWS-WWF works with people and institutions in the UAE on the conservation of nature and the reduction of the most pressing threats to the environment.
SJW students were eager to learn about current climate hazards in the UAE and how to respond to them through mitigation and adaptation. Comments from students were that sessions were very informative and detailed, and they served to generate sensitivity towards issues of energy efficiency, energy conservation, as well as renewable energy. In the board game students worked in groups to calculate energy and water costs of a fictitious office in the UAE and they devised ways to reduce costs.
Awareness was raised not only of the commendable actions being taken by the UAE government, such as the Green Growth Strategy, but of actions students may take at college and at home to get involved in energy conservation and the reduction of waste. These sessions served as both an eye opener and thrusting force towards the care for the environment, which as is stated in the EWS-WWF vision is important in building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.