Q Life Magazine Issue 10 - Page 29

The Changemaking Generation
What are some of the positive outcomes you have seen since starting your campaign ?
Rawda : We have reached so many people and been able to talk to them about the environment . If the whole world slowly starts to protect the environment , then there will be more life in the world . A lot of people we have reached out to have started doing clean-ups to collect plastic from the beaches and keep them clean .
Tayiba : We have been able to represent the concerns of so many people , catching the attention of environmental groups , the government , and the media . This has made our campaign even bigger , which is important , but what is even more important is that people are realising what is going on .
How has the support from leaders like His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , the Amir of Qatar , and Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani , Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation , motivated you to continue pushing forward ?
Why is it important to get young people involved in conversations about the environment ?
Rawda : It is important to involve young people when talking about the environment because it is their home too . If we don ’ t speak up , people will keep destroying the environment without knowing or realising , and we can ’ t live without it .
Tayiba : Talking to kids about single-use plastic and explaining its harm to them is extremely important so that they can spread the word and increase awareness and concern .
What are the future plans for Activists in Action ?
Rawda : We want to ban single-use plastic bags in Qatar , and then we will hopefully ban plastic from the world .
Tayiba : We plan to raise further awareness of our campaign and petition so that we can achieve our goal and continue to make this country and this planet a better place .
Rawda : Their support means so much to me and it motivates me to keep moving forward because I can see that our messages and work have reached important audiences .
Tayiba : Getting the attention of His Highness the Amir and Her Excellency Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani gives us even more motivation to keep moving forward and achieve our efforts . Having these great people stand by our sides will help us to achieve our goal .
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