Bahrain students join green drive
Manama, February 16, 2008
The students at a Bahrain school are doing their bit for the environment by recycling paper discarded after lessons.
The green drive is being held at the Al Naseem International School in co-ordination with Sitra-based Falcon Factory Waste Paper Recycling.
Pupils have already been involved in the Ring Pull Project, in which ring pulls are collected from drink cans and melted down before being used to make prosthetic limbs in Thailand.
'I am very pleased that my students are taking part in the environment drive and are aware of the damage that discarded drink cans, plastic bottles and reclamation work are causing to the areas where we live and to the sea,' said English and maths teacher Joanne Taylor, who is supervising the project.
She hopes other schools will now follow suit.
'We would be saving so much of our valuable resources and cutting down on waste,' she added.
Some of the students said they were highly concerned about damage being caused to Bahrain's environment.
Haneen Faisal, 11, from West Riffa, said she was worried about yellow smoke that blows over her house from the nearby Riffa Power Station.
'It really smells, especially in the summer when the wind blows in our direction,' she said.
'I wish we had less smoke going into the air and more recycling bins around the country, like they have in the US, which is much cleaner than Bahrain.'
Iman Suleiman, 11, from Saar, blamed pollution for climate changes.
'My area is generally clean compared to Manama as we have few factories, but the variation in temperature over a certain period is quite noticeable,' she said.
Meanwhile, Abdulla Rashid, aged 11, from Arad, urged people to follow their example and recycle more.
'Recycling saves money and valuable natural resources in the long run,' he said.
'The less trees are cut down the better, as they release oxygen into the air and absorb carbon dioxide.'
Lucas Valente, an 11-year-old Brazilian student living in Juffair, suggested buildings should be more spread out and thinks increased development in the south would improve the environment.-TradeArabia News Service