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DUBAI: Schools and organizations in 152 countries have committed to participate in CNN’s Call to Earth Day on November 10th, a day of action for nature conservation, environmental protection and sustainability.
In the Middle East, more than 20 schools and organizations from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and other countries have pledged to participate in the day’s activities.
CNN correspondents will bring live reports from places around the world telling stories about conservation, environmental protection and sustainability. Some of the topics covered are air pollution in India, protecting coral reefs in the United Arab Emirates, planting sequoias in California, the climate-neutral British football team Forest Green Rovers and ghost nets in Hong Kong.
Connect the World with Becky Anderson will broadcast a 45-minute debate that was filmed on the grounds of Expo 2020 in Dubai. The focus of the debate is on the climate crisis and biodiversity, with topics such as food security, urban planning and how the new generation can get involved in the fight against climate change. The program will be attended by young people from the United Arab Emirates and the wider region, including school children from Brighton College Dubai and the American School of Dubai.
An exclusive discussion with filmmaker, explorer and Rolex ambassador James Cameron will take place at 11 a.m. GST, which will talk about oceans, climate change and exploration.
A live blog captures the day’s events in real time, along with featured articles and comments from leading conservationists. Following the day itself, CNN will host a digital interactive page where people can share their activities, pledges, events and other posts, along with the content of the channel’s Call to Earth Day.
“The response we received from our audience for Call to Earth Day has been phenomenal and the CNN teams are collecting some great content and coverage that we will also be showcasing,” said Ellana Lee, SVP & Managing Editor, CNN Asia Pacific.
The day’s events include activities such as beach trash picking, planting campaigns, rainforest excursions, and animal welfare and habitat protection events, including some animal release.
There will also be some art events such as a project to transform school classes into different living spaces in the US, recycled fashion shows and dressing days in the US and Asia Pacific, and a theater production in India.
Eco murals and art are on display, including thousands of posters painted by school children. A school in Nigeria developed a water irrigation system made from plastic bottles, while a group in Lebanon held a workshop to show children how to turn plastic waste into creative planters.
Some of the regional activities include beach trash picking in the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon; the establishment of a kitchen garden, eco garden and bee and pollination friendly garden in Dubai; and the release of an Egyptian vulture in Lebanon.
“These problems can feel huge and overwhelming at times, but we hope to show on Wednesday that there are solutions. This is about celebrating a planet worth protecting and the people who create a more sustainable future, raise awareness and inspire action, ”added Lee.
Anyone wishing to attend CNN’s Call to Earth Day must commit to doing something positive to help the environment on November 10th. Participants can also share their posts and promote their events on social media using the hashtag #CalltoEarth.