NYU Abu Dhabi




Vision statement:

By recognizing our special responsibility of being in Abu Dhabi, Ecoherence transforms the wider NYUAD community into agents for sustainability and environmental social justice.

 

As NYU Abu Dhabi’s environmental advocacy student group, Ecoherence is dedicated to foster a environmental-friendly lifestyle that is based on a collective understanding of the interdependence of humanity and nature. Ecoherence is committed to raise awareness about today’s environmental crisis by approaching questions of sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Thus, we are hosting events and organize projects in the areas of public policy, international diplomacy, economics, arts and the sciences to cater to a wide range of audiences and engage with many different aspects of these issues. By doing so, Ecoherence hopes to cultivate an atmosphere of taking action and working towards a more sustainable future.

 

Initiatives:

Ecoherence organizes and facilitates actions through three working groups: 1) Community Outreach, 2) Local Action and 3) the Think Tank. In the last year we have conducted the following projects and events:

  1. Arts installation - We refashioned used plastic water bottles to create a 1-story high waterfall that served as a thought-provoking symbol of the over-consumption of resources in our society.
  2. Climate Science Workshop - We invited Olivier Pauluis, Professor in Atmosphere Ocean Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, NYU to share with students the science behind anthropogenic climate change as discussed in the latest IPCC report.
  3. Earth Hour - We held an on-campus games night and also attended a community-wide event to celebrate the importance of environmental conservation.
  4. Climate Change Youth Conference, BIIAH 2014 - We hosted a one day environmental conference which brought together students, community members and experts in the region to start a grassroots environmental movement. In addition to keynote speeches by Robert Bradley - Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, UAE - and H.H Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi (Known as “The Green Sheikh”), the conference featured panel discussions, workshops as well as interactive learning and networking opportunities.
  5. Movie Screening - We shared and discussed the movie, “Disruption,” which is based on Ban Ki Moon’s Climate Change Summit with our student body to highlight the value of grassroots movements in the fight against Climate Change.
  6. People’s Climate March - This event was held in collaboration with World Peace Day and involved poetry, screening of videos related to the environment and songs to show our support for the People’s Climate March taking place across the globe.
  7. UN Climate Night - We invited Professor Shakeel Kazmi, Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan, to discuss the opportunities and challenges we face in global climate change negotiations at the UN.

 

Looking forward, Ecoherence is working on several exciting projects including a preparation task force to send a Youth Delegation to the UN Conference of the Parties in Paris 2015, a phase-by-phase audit of our new campus to assess our impact on our immediate environment, the responsible disposal of food and other waste on campus, the development of an environmental leadership program with primary schools in the UAE and a whole lot more. 

Previous Event

The Sustainable Campus Ceremony 2017
  • Date: November 1, 2017
  • Location: Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex
  • Venue: Borouge Auditorium (Borouge Tower)
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"The Sustainable Campus Initiative would help empower our youth to become leaders in sustainability"

Fozeya Al Mahmoud- Director, Environmetnal Outreach Division, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

 

 

"With their energy, enthusiasm and positive outlook, youth could be the major game changers in working towards and achieving sustainability"

Ahmad Baharoon- Executive Director, Environment Information, Science and Outreach, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi

"We believe that youth engaged with sustainability concerns could be great enablers in helping secure the wellbeing of our environment, and in providing a safe future for our country."

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak – Secretary General – Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi

"The true wealth of a nation lies in its youth…one that is equipped with education and knowledge and which provides the means for building the nation and strengthening its principles to achieve progress on all levels."

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

"A country's greatest investment lies in building generations of educated and knowledgeable youth."

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

"Despite the educational achievements, the educational process is an ever-growing challenge in need of meticulous planning and rigorous efforts of program development in order to keep up with modern technology and the fast-paced technological advancement."

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - The President of UAE

© 2014 Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
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