Environmental Citizenship Program of Bahrain Women Association in collaboration with Arab Young Climate Change Movement (AYCM) celebrated the WED 2014 with the Green Club members at Royal University for Women in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The event started with an introductory clip about WED and the effects of sea rise in all aspects of our lives, let alone the small Islands. Participants were surprised to learn that Climate Change and Environmental issues had come the lowest rank in the “MY WORLD” UNEP survey. From this point, the facilitators lead the discussion.
Main questions raised were 1) Why should we CARE? 2) HOW can I be the change? The aim of Q1 is to enlighten the audience that although, we at the Gulf, do not encounter difficulties in obtaining BASIC living needs and some live extravagant life style, one has to think of other nations because we are all citizens of this universe and a wrong action here affects another nation at the other side of the globe. Having discussed this point, we move on to the second point where participants should realize any action SMALL be it or BIG will certainly contribute to the worldwide efforts towards sustaining the resources of this planet as well as ensuring a better life for generations to come, Emphasis was given to individual behaviours that results directly or indirectly to the phenomena of sea level rise. The Event concluded with each participant pin in his/her town of residence on Bahrain map, for them to realize how far their places are from the sea shores and how the lives’ of those closer to the shore are under risk, they were also encouraged to submit a pledge/commitment to become, somehow, eco-friendly citizens.