In line with its continuous advocacy on sustainability, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman organised the International Roundtable Conference (IRC) for future leaders on the topic of climate change.
His Highness Sheikh Dr Abdul Aziz Bin Ali Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, also known as the Green Sheikh graced the event and shared his expertise on environmental missions. Sumair Tariq, Managing Director of R Hotels, and Ignace Bauwens, Regional Vice President Middle East and Africa of Wyndham Hotel Group, were also among the guests for the conference.
The students, aged between 12 to 16 years, from 21 different nationalities took part in the interactive discussion, which aimed to gather insights, identify the ecological challenges, and share the best practices that are being carried out by their respective countries to address the pressing subject.
Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster General Manager, commented: “Our team have learned several valuable and innovative ideas from these young, brilliant minds. As our future leaders, we are placing our trust on them; we hope that they will grow up to become environmental advocates to spread awareness, act on the issue of climate change, and serve as role models of their generation.”
Some of the crises mentioned during the conference are the drastic change in temperature globally especially in desert regions of the Middle East resulting to heat wave; melting glaciers in Himalayas and Caucasus which result to flooding and landslides; rising sea levels which can affect island nations like Fiji and Sri Lanka, coral reef destructions in Australia and other tropical countries; environmental challenges of countries which large population like China and India; excessive use of natural resources in the US and all parts of the globe; and the worldwide air, land and water pollution.
They also shared ideas on how to combat climate change including using public transport and eco-friendly cars to minimise carbon dioxide emissions, providing incentive for sustainable companies, and planting trees on a large scale, among others. The event concluded with the students’ commitment to do their share, even in simple ways like recycling, water conservation and proper waste disposal.
The participating students of the conference are from the UAE, Australia, China, Egypt, Fiji, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and USA.