Earth Day Qatar 2011 - Premier Event in the Region

Posted on 2011-04-22

On April 21, 2011, Qatar Foundation International, in partnership with the Earth Day Network and Qatar Foundation Office of Faculty & Student Services, held the premier Earth Day event in the region at Katara Cultural Village and finished with an environmental film festival and awards night at the Education City Student Centre at night.

The event was a day-long celebration featuring speakers, discussions and workshops emphasizing the global nature of climate change and the need to work together, across cultures, to develop solutions to environmental problems.  Keynote speakers were Beth Larson, Director of International Programs at the Earth Day Network; Jason Patlis, President & Chief Executive Officer at National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; and Maggie Mitchell Salem, Executive Director of Qatar Foundation International, with a special video message by Sir Richard Branson.

The day also featured educational workshops, organized by local and international environmental organizations, and youth service projects.

Earth Day Qatar was a global event that drew participants from independent schools in Qatar as well as students visiting from cities across the United States. Additionally, youth from India and Morocco participated via Cisco’s TelePresence technology to discuss water issues in their respective communities.

Local and international partners for Earth Day Qatar 2011 included: Ocean for Life, Green Gulf, Qatar Cool, Earth Day Network, Cisco, and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.

The day-long event continued with a Film Festival and Awards Night, organized by the Qatar Foundation Office of Faculty & Student Services. Films showing at the festival were themed on the environment and climate change. The festival took place at the Student Center Movie Theatre in Education City.

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