Dubai: Scores of UAE students pledged support to the battle against climate change in the UAE’s first Plant-for-the-Planet Academy held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City on Saturday.

Plant-for-the-Planet is a global children’s initiative where children will take on the role to empower other children in Plant-for-the-Planet Academies. It aims to train over one million children in up to 20,000 Academies worldwide by 2020.

Dubai resident Kehkashan Basu, 12, who represented the UAE youth at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil in June, organised the event as the Academy Coordinator.

She passed on the Academy’s stong message “Stop talking. Start planting.” to students from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Abu Dhabi.