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MoCCAE set two world records for climate change awareness with more than 1,100 students

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environmentin collaboration with the professional services organization EY, a French climate education NGO Fresh Climateand more than 1100 students from Aldar Education set two Guinness World Records. These records were set for hosting the largest climate change awareness lesson and for having the largest number of nationalities attending a climate awareness lesson.

In association with aldar education, a leading educational group in the United Arab Emirates, and with the support of ADNEC and the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, the attempt to create a record aligns with the focus on youth participation in climate negotiations at COP28, that will have the first Youth Climate Champion. with a ministerial role.

Aldar Education’s huge cohort of climate-conscious students gathered at Abu Dhabi’s ADNEC Conference and Exhibition Center to break the record, while discovering more about climate change and the role they can play in mitigating its effects.

The group included students from 57 different nationalities, setting the record for the largest number of nationalities attending a climate change awareness lesson.

The attempt was launched by Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Environment and Climate Changewho said:

“COP28 will be the most inclusive COP yet, and today we have made unprecedented history, while ensuring that many of our young people have a better understanding of the challenges we all face.”

“Our aspiration is to transform the UAE into one of the most climate-conscious nations in the world. To achieve this, we must ensure that our young people not only understand the challenges and issues we collectively face, but also how they can become more involved in our journey towards climate neutrality.”

“After all, these students are not only affected by climate change, but they also have the power to shape the way our future society evolves to mitigate its impact and adapt to its effects.”

Sahar Cooper, CEO of Aldar Educationsaying:

“We are immensely proud of our students’ active participation in setting a new world record for climate change awareness. We believe that education plays a critical role in developing environmentally conscious citizens and empowering them to drive positive change. Today’s youth are not only the leaders of the future; They are today’s agents of change. Their proactive commitment to addressing climate change underscores the critical role they play in accelerating global sustainability efforts. “This milestone inspires us to push the boundaries of sustainability even further and reinforces our mission to empower the next generation with the knowledge, passion and responsibility to make a lasting impact on our planet.”

Anthony O’Sullivan, UAE Managing Partner, EYaggregate:

“EY is incredibly proud to be part of raising climate change awareness focused on the real challenges of climate change. By empowering this diverse group of young people with knowledge, they will play a crucial role as environmental stewards of a sustainable global future.”

“Promoting youth inclusion at COP28 in the UAE will lay the foundation for today’s youth to be heard and take action to implement climate change policies as the world leaders of tomorrow.”

Cédric Ringenbach, founder of Climate Fresksaying:

“Climate change is a complex problem that affects us all, but it is still very little understood by the general population.

“We don’t have much time, but if we understand the challenge we can take our response to the next level.

“Our ambition is to create a growing network of people who can deliver this quality climate education to reach a societal tipping point that will help guide us towards a low-carbon world.”

Fresh Climate encourages participants to take constructive action to help address climate change.

The event concluded with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy presenting all participants in the record-breaking attempt with a ‘Power Kit‘, which includes tips, advice and interventions that stimulate behavior to enable students to take more sustainable actions.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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