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Posted On: 22 April 2013 11:24 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

QFI to mark Earth Day with activity week

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Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is hosting Earth Week Qatar 2013, a week of activities surrounding Earth Day in venues across Qatar. The Earth Week Qatar 2013, which commenced yesterday and ending on April 27, convenes students, educators, practitioners and local communities in an effort to increase awareness of environmental and climate change-related issues both in Qatar and globally. “With the environment as a pillar of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, Qatar has shown its commitment to sustainable growth,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, QFI’s Executive Director. “In hosting Earth Day Qatar, QFI brings young people together with the organisations that are furthering the environmental commitment of Qatar and supporting the exciting environmental initiatives of the next generation.” QFI hosted the first Earth Day in Qatar and continues to bring together the key environmental stakeholders in Doha to celebrate current and future initiatives. This year, QFI will bring together students and environmental partners from Qatar and beyond, such as Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and Conservation International, to showcase their environmental programs. In a special event, titled Climates Change, Can You?, today at the Student Center in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, QFI is convening experts, educators, students and panellists to engage with environmental and climate-change issues and celebrate Earth Day 2013. The event kicks off with a short film on plastic pollution in the Midway Islands, followed by a Q and A online session with the filmmaker and renowned environmental activist, Chris Jordan. Experts from Conservation International and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute will then lead a panel discussion on blue carbon and coastal conservation. The event closes with a competition of research-project proposals by students from our Global Schools Network, spanning the US, Brazil, Argentina and Qatar. In addition, this Earth Day in Qatar, QFI and its partner WeVideo will launch a global, collaborative story-telling space focused on climate change.