ABU DHABI, ‘Student Exclusive’, the signature event of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, attracted more than 600 students from the UAE and countries around the world focusing on empowering young people to think and act sustainably.
Dr. Ahmed Belhoul, Minister of State for Higher Education, delivered the event’s keynote address, describing the event as integral to the success of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
“The UAE’s culture is based on sustainability. If you look back 100 years, people only consumed what they required, they only used what they needed. But today, we are all guilty of consumption that is not very responsible. The government is trying to help us by raising awareness, and by investing in renewable energy resources. But regardless of what we do as the government, a culture of sustainability needs to be embedded in you, our young people. You are the future, and sustainability starts with you.”
“When Masdar was established a decade ago, the UAE leadership wanted to create a company that would invest in renewable energy, but we cannot do that without human resources,” Dr. Belhoul added. “So we took the decision to establish a holistic ecosystem, by not only creating Masdar but also the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. We are proud today to see the achievements of both Masdar and Masdar Institute, which are empowering our best young talent.”
Commenting on the success of the Student Exclusive, Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, Executive Director of Sustainability and Brand at Masdar, also stressed the need for young people to take responsibility.
“The Student Exclusive is a platform that puts youth opinions at its core,” she said. “If we can empower young people to see how sustainability affects every aspect of their lives, then we can also empower them to be future advocates of sustainability.”
This year’s Student Exclusive was held on the theme “Creating a sustainable future by empowering young minds”.
Moderated by Khalid Al Ameri, a prominent UAE national journalist and social media influencer, and fellow Emirati Waheeda Al Hadhrami, Creative Talent Developer at TwoFour54, this year’s event hosted a diversity of young talent, who shared their own distinct perspective on adopting sustainable behaviour.
The Student Exclusive welcomed calligrapher Diaa Allam, pianist Mona Alhashmi, futurist Lina Nahhas, musicians “G-beat”, parkour coach Amal Murad, artist Hessa Al Ajmani, and singer Khalifa Nasser.
Hasan Al Redaini, the UAE’s representative to the Solar Impulse 2 project, and two previous student winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize from Cashmere High School in New Zealand and the Korean Science Academy of KAIST, also participated in the event.
Source: Emirates News Agency