How is the UAE inspiring young people to love the environment?

An Abu Dhabi teen is calling on more young people to take action for the environment as the future custodians of our world.

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Alongside teammates Varun Velavan, Ayan Deep Hazra and Akash Hegde, 17-year-old Nisarg Shah from Abu Dhabi Indian School recently toppled 45 teams of students across the country to take first place in an environment quiz held at the American University of Sharjah in celebration of Earth Day.

Fresh from the win, the teen, who is also part of his school’s eco-club, is keen for other young people to follow suit and play their part for sustainability.

“Teenagers have a major role towards saving our environment,” Nisarg told us. “They may not be aware of it, but with the developments in technology, we have the ability to know more than ever about what is happening in our world. It is our duty as the next generation to help adults and people younger than us to understand.

“If we don’t take care of our environment now, we won’t have anything left for us to survive in the future,” he added. “The greatest challenge for our environment right now is that we need to switch to more renewable sources of energy. This should be our major priority.”

From planting trees and auditing his school environment to raising awareness of plastic pollution, Nisarg firmly believes that if we safeguard the health of our planet, we’ll keep ourselves healthy, too.

“We take care of our bodies, we eat well, exercise and make sure to get enough sleep – that’s our internal environment,” Nisarg reflected. “The environment that surrounds us – the air, soil, water and ecosystems – is equally important for our health and the health and wellbeing of others. This is [my] message to the young people of UAE.”

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