United Arab Emirates
We a group of 11 students from different Dubai based schools took part in the recent Give a Ghaf Tree planting program organized by Goumbook. We planted Ghaf seeds in memory of the Republic Day of India. This Republic Day is special to us as His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest in this historic event. This day will be long lasting in our memory. View the article published in Gulf News http://gulfnews.com/your-say/your-reports/planting-trees-for-a-greener-future-1.1977246
In May, we watched Jane's video on how the mineral mining in Africa is putting the indigenous communities of chimpanzees at risk. The teachers have sent out notices in our weekly newsletters to all parents about the project. Two baskets with a sign identifying them as the drop off sites have been placed in each building entrance. The devices collected will be mailed to the recommended recycling group in June.
Collect needed supplies and send out to the water protectors at Standing Rock.
Our project will give teenage refugees a safe place to honor the human condition. We will do this by, 1) coming together each week to strengthen our mind - body connection through the practice of ballet, 2) Incorporating music from around the world including natural sounds, 3) At the end of every class, we will incorporate a dance from each student's culture, highlighting the diversity and different meanings of dance, 4) we will open and close every class with wish/prayer for the earth, its animals, or its people.
Our project uses handkerchiefs as a unique tool to tell the world about the critical issue of deforestation. We use our project to communicate widely, but also to raise money for grassroots organizations (mostly indigenous) that are on the ground in places where forests (especially peat land forests) and the creatures that live in them are threatened. We raise money by partnering with local businesses that advertise on tourist maps we print on handkerchiefs. We also raise money through the sale of these handkerchiefs.
The Impact of Marine Mammals on the Arctic, Indigenous Communities and the Balance of Our Global Environment
We will learn more about marine mammals of the Arctic and use our community's Festival of Tree program to bring this information to individuals and families in our communities. To do this, we selected a children's picture book that focused on Arctic Marine Mammals and displayed it along side a decorated tree. This book contained many resources for more information in an appealing way to all ages. We decorated the tree with hand crafted, eco-friendly Arctic marine mammals and landscapes.
There are a few stages in the process: Stage one- Becoming a tribe; divide rolls needed in order to live in the "wild". Then name the tribe and each individual. Stage two- Schedule a place and a time for a series of sessions. Stage three- Organize a list of all the activities and the equipment needed. Stage four- First meeting of the tribe!
We collect and sanitize the stuffed animals, repair them, give them new names and birthdates then deliver them to people in need of support.