Sharjah’s Flag Island sheds light on ‘Eco-Innovation’ in UAE Innovation Month

SHARJAH, 15th February, 2018 (WAM) — In line with the ongoing UAE Innovation Month, an event that is celebrating creativity across the seven emirates throughout February, the Flag Island in Sharjah has announced a week-long activation, “Island of Science,” that is being held from 15th to 21st February.

At the heart of a series of curated workshops and exhibitions is the concept of “environmental innovation.” Through these activations, the significant concepts of environmental technology, eco-efficiency, environmental design, recycling and upcycling, and sustainable design innovation will be made familiar to participants and visitors. They will learn how to save and preserve the environment using new, innovative techniques, and turn the same into concerted community action.

“In the 21st century, innovation is an essential prerequisite of development. In 2015, the UAE nationalised its goal for innovation with the launch of the ‘Year of Innovation,’ and since then we have been fuelling this momentum towards reaching our goal of becoming one of the most innovative nations by 2021. The environment is the protective fabric under which the earth and all its diversity thrive. It is one sector that is in desperate need of innovation, and the kind that will be most effective if generated on a large scale at the grassroots by community actors and innovators,” said Kholoud Al Junaibi, Manager of Flag Island.

The Flag Island management is collaborating with several government institutions, universities and individuals to deliver a specially curated series of activities. The collaborators include the University of Sharjah, the Sharjah Environment Company, Bee’ah, and the Emirates Environmental Technology Co., EET.

These entities will be conducting interesting children’s workshops from 15th to 18th February. On 17th February, Bee’ah will host a “Recycle & Upcycle Art” workshop from 16.00 to 18.00, and on 18th February, EET will conduct one titled “Innovative Conversion of Organic Waste into Sustainable Soil” from 11.00 to 12.00.

“We have ensured a good mix of activities to appeal to all age groups. While the younger audience will enjoy art workshops based on concepts of recycling and upcycling, waste designing games and try their hand at building a 3D printed playground made entirely from plastic waste, adults could draw inspiration from the surrounding environment into 2D drawing or enjoy a line-up of exhibitions showcasing themes of sustainable and eco-design, ecovation, etc., until 21st February,” Al Junaibi noted.

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