On Feb. 4, the UAE celebrated the 14th anniversary of its national environment day. My kids’ school, Al Muna primary school, was having environmental activities that week, so I asked if I could talk to the students, and they welcomed the idea.
I was pleased to have this great opportunity, I couldn’t believe how aware the kids are these days, and I believe it is a must that parents continue the message at home. Never say you can’t do it now — start gradually, with small things, and you will see that you can really make a difference.
I had the pleasure of communicating with students from grades 1 and 3. Such lovely kids, and an amazing experience I will never forget. At the end, we gave out presents, and you should have seen their happy expressions. They received a 100% recycled paper notebook, plus other gifts like organic tee shirts with eco messages and solar lanterns. Some of the gifts were reserved for 16 special students who really worked hard on a fashion show of clothes made from recycled items.
That day will stick in my mind every year. And I will try to do as much as I can to raise awareness (this was also accomplished by an article about our participation in the diet at gulfnews.com).
I wanted to play a major role on that national environment day, and I managed to do so by going to my kids’ school. The success of that day in school made me think of doing more, so I am trying to organize a meeting with mothers to talk about my experience with the energy diet.
Other measures I’m taking:
From now on each email I send, I will have this message as footer.
Please consider the environment before printing this email
In our society, we like to exchange gifts on many occasions. My ideas about gift-giving have changed: no gift-wrapping , plus I have to think on how to do it wisely. With a baby gift, for example, I can give an organic bath and creams set, or organic cloth. For housewarming gifts, I found nice, decorative solar-energy lanterns.
Since I am a graphic designer, I was hoping to design stickers with eco-friendly info for use at work, school and home. I was hoping to give it to the kids in school, but couldn’t get to it in time. I think it’s a good gift, as well as a reminder for the whole family. That’s why I came up with those gift ideas for the schoolchildren.
I started carpooling with my sister, since we are at the same workplace and our kids have a horseback-riding class together.
Got an unbelievable solar energy charger, the Solio Classic.
As I go along with the energy diet, I will still look for ideas. It’s never a one-stop deal.