I’m reporting live from Morocco for Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary. Here’s a picture of me helping plant a tree for a new park across the street from the King’s palace in the capital Rabat.
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa has initiated a program for awareness and shared responsibility, involving all potential stake holders for change, under the banner "All for the Environment." The approach is built upon three pillars: shared commitment, a strategy for sustainable development, and youth education.
The Eco-Schools program aims to teach children that natural resources are scarce, invaluable, and must be protected. In the program, students concentrate on three primary topics: water, energy, and waste. In addition to planting trees, the students use the knowledge they acquire to organize an awareness campaign on national water management and clean-up campaigns in neighboring beaches, visiting ecological sites and water-treatment plants.
The kids who accompanied me on this dig were from a local fifth grade class. We had a blast.
More updates on the way.