By Shradha Sriram, Senior reporter for the Light House

“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty,… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.’’

-Ban Ki Moon

UAE Vision 2021 was launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the closing of a Cabinet meeting in 2010.

This Vision aims in making UAE one among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union. In order to translate this Vision into reality, its pillars have been mapped into six national priorities which represent the key focus sectors of government action in the upcoming years.

Among these six national priorities, one of them includes sustainable environment and infrastructure. Under this priority, the UAE Government wants to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and to achieve a perfect balance between economic and social development

To do that, the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda focuses on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources, increasing the contribution of clean energy and implementing green growth plans.

Also, the National Agenda highlights the importance of infrastructure and aims for the UAE to be among the best in the world in terms of quality of airports, seaports, road infrastructure, and electricity. In addition, the ongoing improvements in telecommunications infrastructure and technology would allow the UAE to become a forerunner in the provision of Smart services.

In the process of making this dream come true, the students (educational sector) also take their small steps and contribute a little in their own way by participating in environment and technology based competitions.

On Thursday, 11th may 2017,the members of the IHS Environment club (grade 7 to grade 12)and also students from other schools attended the Dubai Municipality workshop from 8:30 to 11:00 am to discuss and understand the upcoming model making competition (any working model or a realistic concept). In this informative session the students also got to know about the necessity of increasing the Percentage of Treated Waste out of the Total Waste Generated.

The Competition which will be held in the month of November, is based on the topics Sustainable E-waste and Sustainable Oasis. The schools were asked to form groups of four to six members each. The students seem to be interested and were geared up for the competition as they have been told that if found beneficial, their working model or concept may be implemented to make a greener and sustainable UAE.

The Environment club of IHS leads from the front for the noble cause of protecting and spreading awareness to conserve our mother nature. To give wings to this wonderful goal, on Saturday, 27th May 2017, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, the environment club conducted many events in the school on account of the World Environment Day which is usually celebrated on June 5th.

Some of the indoor auditorium events which were organised included presentations by the MUN and the Adventure club, videos by the Media club, skit by the Communicative and the Dance club, drama and poem by the Oratory club, a one minute challenge by the Gavel club and an informative quiz session by the Quiz and Environment club.

The outdoor events consisted of creative displays put up by the Art club, Designer club, Embroidery club, MUN club and the number experts club in the school quadrangle.

Some other exciting events for the environment club members included Plantathon and capture a moment where, the students were asked to take lovely pictures of themselves sharing wonderful moments with nature. This competition was organised with a hope that students would analyse and appreciate the simple yet beautiful things in nature which are often overlooked due to busy schedule.

Finally the environment day celebrations came to an end with felicitation of judges and vote of thanks, wishing everyone to have a green day ahead.

About the Reporter:

Shradha Sriram is a senior reporter at the Light House. An avid reader, Shradha is also passionate about music and swimming. Read more about her here.