This is why youth are the key to save our world

Youth will play a critical role in realising the country’s sustainability goals moving forward.

This is one of the key messages in this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), taking place from 12th to 19th January.

Adopting the theme of Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development, the latest instalment of the annual event will focus on six pillars: energy and climate change, water, future mobility, space, biotechnology and tech for good.

To broaden its reach, the organisers have introduced programmes designed for the younger generation to understand the importance of mitigating the effects of climate change through clean energy sources.

The Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, or Y4S, will serve as an avenue for students, young professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to learn about sustainability.

Meanwhile, Future Skills 2030 will offer mentorship for students and young professionals for them to learn essential skills for the sustainability industry.

“The youth are playing a major role in renewables,” explained Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, a key partner in ADSW. “If you look at some of the start-ups, the SMEs (small to medium enterprises), there are young people from around the world who are taking technological solutions in renewables together with digitalisation and creating new methodologies. For them, this is their future and they are taking a very active role and we need to do our best to empower them to do that.”

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