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These UAE teenagers lead the fight against climate change.

Summary: Teens from various schools in the UAE are running micro campaigns within their schools and communities to positively impact the environment.

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While teenagers across the globe are protesting against governments to take more aggressive measures against climate change, youngsters in the UAE are not far behind.

Teens from various schools in the UAE are running micro campaigns within their schools and communities to positively impact the environment. Many of these initiatives have been ongoing for several decades now, according to school officials, environmentalists and students themselves. Several award-winning initiatives run by UAE students have support from prestigious organisations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Many of these initiatives are largely awareness building activities and kids organise numerous campaigns to reduce plastic consumption. Some youngsters are also launching small-scale awareness initiatives to safeguard at-risk land and aquatic species.

Most recently, on February 3, the Emirates Environment Group (EEG), under the leadership of chairperson Habiba Al Mar'ashi, celebrated the 10th anniversary of seven students joining the group. She said: "These students have demonstrated that the keys to changing the future are in the hands of young people.

"They (students) are capable of developing solutions to environmental challenges, working to combat global warming and promoting sustainability through their efforts and involvement with activities and groups that raise the banner of environmental protection."

Here are some of the most inspiring stories from youngsters in the UAE.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

Dhanusha Gokulan Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Author:Dhanusha Gokulan
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Date:Feb 7, 2020
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