- Eco Fashion
GEMS United Indian School, Abu Dhabi
PILE IT UP CHALLENGE
The ‘Pile it Up Challenge’ is a compelling campaign aimed at combatting the usage of single-use plastics. Students actively participated by collecting thousands of single-use plastic bottles, using this initiative to raise awareness and motivate their peers to opt for BPA-free bottles instead. Children joined forces, gathering plastic bottles from both school and home to fulfil this important responsibility of recycling in collaboration with EAD (Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi). This initiative showcases the power of collective action in promoting sustainable practices and reducing plastic waste.
MISSION TO ZERO – BAQALA CAMPAIGN
GEMS United Indian School is at the forefront of environmental protection through our ‘Mission to Zero’ campaign, dedicated to eliminating single-use product waste. Recognizing the severe environmental impact of single-use plastics, we have partnered with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi to address this issue.
Our students spearheaded a campaign that successfully replaced 100% of single-use grocery plastic bags in local stores ("baqalas"). Through these efforts, we are not only reducing plastic waste but also nurturing an environmentally conscious society that is committed to creating a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for all.
GEMS UIS held together to combat the calamitous impact of the fashion industry on the environment and conducted ‘Eco Fashion’ - Costumes Made of Recycled Materials. Holding to GEMS UIS’ steadfast commitment to environmental protection through recycling and repurposing, our students fabricated stylish outfits with all trendy accessories out of plastic shopping bags, tissue papers, ribbons, sequins, plastic bags, gunny bags, newspapers etc. By taking a stand against the irresponsible actions of the fashion industry, young students have exhibited the HPL values of ‘Concerned for Society’ as well as ‘Complex and Multi-Step Problem Solving’.
The Eco Club members at GUIS have undertaken an inspiring initiative by creating a cost-effective educational tool known as the UIS garden. This innovative project integrates various subjects into real-life applications, teaching students about planting spacing, planning, design, and the smart use of irrigation techniques.
Gardening, as promoted by this initiative, is not only about nurturing plant life but also reducing our carbon footprint on the earth. Students have actively participated by planting a diverse range of trees in our school garden, including medicinal, ornamental, vegetable, and fruit trees. This hands-on experience serves as a green footprint on the face of the earth, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.
RECYCLING is a smart act. The young generation should dispose of waste by proper segregation and proper recycling as biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes. As part of this initiative GEMS UIS contributes to Climate Rejuvenation by recycling 20 tons of paper and students proudly represent the country’s afforestation Campaigns and Waste management drives, E-Waste, aluminum cans and single-use plastics with Emirates Environment group. Students are active as the impact of paper decay in landfills causes the production of methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas and changes in the ecological balance by cutting down trees to make new paper. Systematically the school also supports this positive movement to reduce the carbon footprint.