International School Dhaka (ISD) organized an event styled ‘Protecting Our Species’ with a view to observing ‘Earth Day’ on their premises on April 20, 2019. It was attended by 540 students and other staff of the school. Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur, senior program manager of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Bangladesh, graced the occasion by her presence.
The event was arranged to raise awareness about environment and the importance of utilizing natural resources appropriately and protecting our species. During the event, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Bangladesh organized an exhibition titled “Discover Ocean Giants” as well. The aim of the exhibition was to connect urban dwellers to the fishermen who risk their lives to feed our nation. The interactive exhibition inspired visitors to take action to protect ocean giants and marine environment.
Students from the Department of Fine Arts of Jagannath University made life-size models of sharks, dolphins and marine turtle for the exhibition. Through this exhibition, visitors were introduced to marine science and conservation. The sensory and visual experiences, facilitated by trained interpreters, allowed students to understand why these creatures are important for sustaining a healthy ocean and a healthy environment.
Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur, senior program manager of WCS Bangladesh, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to talk about ocean giants and current efforts to protect them in our waters. We can inspire the next generation to protect our country’s marine wildlife and ecosystem. There is still hope for healthy oceans and healthy people.”
All the students and the teachers also attended an assembly in the auditorium of the school to discuss topics related to ‘Earth Day’. Regarding the event, Regine De Blegiers, Director of Teaching and Learning, ISD, said, “All the living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. It is our responsibility to work together and protect the endangered and threatened species. We are organizing this event to educate our students and staff and to raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.”