RAS students at COP22: We are now a week beyond the end of COP22 in Marrakech but, hopefully, still in the beginning stages of working globally to ensure the future health of the planet. I traveled down to Marrakech to attend the second day of the Global Issues Network (GIN) student conference at the American School of Marrakech and to visit COP22 as an observer on the Sunday and Monday following. Part of GIN’s mission is to “empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally, and globally in order to create project-based sustainable solutions for our shared global issues.” Camil Chaari, one of our Grade 11 students, was one of the keynote speakers at the conference, sharing with the audience details of the e-recycling project (http://www.e-recycling.green/en/) that he has been running for almost two years now .
Camil has set up a system for offering individuals, schools, companies and public institutions a recycling solution using certified recyclers to process their electronic waste, such as computers printers, mobile phones, ink cartridges and also batteries. You may have seen one of his collection points at our front gate! The HS Principal at AS Marrakech has expressed to me just how inspired his students were by Camil’s example. Camil went on to share information about his project through presentations at the British Embassy and EU stands at COP22.
Also at COP22 was Mohamed-Hassan Mikou, working there as one of the Young Reporters for the Environment sponsored by the Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l’Environnement.