Largest environmental sustainability lesson: world record set in Abu Dhabi (VIDEO)
ABU DHABI, UAE -- A total of 282 students from across the UAE took part in the sustainability-themed lesson at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, presented by Illac Angelo Diaz, Executive Director of the non-profit Liter of Light, thus setting the new world record for the Largest environmental sustainability lesson, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The 'Largest Environmental Sustainability Lesson' featured 282 students from across the UAE. The lesson held at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi was delivered by Illac Angelo Diaz, executive director of Liter of Light, the non-profit winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2015. Photo courtesy: Zayed Future Energy Prize (enlarge photo)
The 30-minute lecture highlighted how young people around the world can help to reduce energy poverty while also challenging them to devise solutions that will bring about a more sustainable future.
The gathering also saw the assembly of 2,400 solar lanterns, arranged to create a unique light installation in tribute to Sheikh Zayed, the UAE's founding father, the centenary of whose birth is being celebrated across the UAE in 2018.
The GUINNESS WORLD RECORD (TM) for the largest language lesson involved 6,287 participants being taught by Thomas Bug and Bastian Sick at the Kölnarena in Cologne, Germany, on 13 March 2006.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (TM) also recognized the world record for the largest art lesson involved 14,135 participants, achieved by Lions Club International District 323G1 (India) in Indore, India, on 11 November 2014.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is the world's preeminent renewable energy and sustainability prize, each year recognising outstanding contributions from companies, schools, non-profit groups and individuals.
Philippines-based Liter of Light has provided affordable solar lighting to thousands of homes, schools and workplaces struck by natural disasters through its education and self-help programmes.
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: "Today's record-breaking event is an inspirational way to mark the Year of Zayed and the 10-year anniversary of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, established in honour of Sheikh Zayed's environmental legacy and vision.
"The last decade has seen the lives of millions of people positively impacted by the prize's many winners, of whom Liter of Light is truly a shining example. Today's gathering highlights the critical importance of youth in driving forward the renewable energy and sustainability conversation, and the power they have as change agents, now and for the future."