|Youths launch website on environment
A website promoting the preservation of the
environment was launched yesterday through the initiative of three
Bahraini youths with the assistance of the Directorate of
Environment Affairs, writes Abdulrahman Fakhri.
Environment Electronic Friends (www.eef.org.bh), is the first in the
region which is fully dedicated to promoting environment-friendly
ideals and spreads awareness through extensive Arabic and English
Khawla Fadhil, Hussain Al Nasir and Nidhal Badir
dedicated their efforts to work on the website during their spare
time with the information gathered through the Directorate.
site, carrying the slogan “We’ve set the show, but together we’ll
grow”, aims at attracting members who will take part in developing
the website by any means possible in order to promote the
preservation of the environment.
Speaking at the launch of the
website held at the directorate’s premises on the Exhibition Avenue,
the Director of Environment Affairs, Khalid Fakhro, said that the
website came solely through the efforts of a group of youths who
have great concern in preserving the environment and spreading
awareness on environmental issues.
“There are a lot of valuable
information provided through the website which has been designed as
a reflection of the youths outlook on issues concerning the
environment,” said Fakhro. “We hope that this site would be accessed
by visitors from all over the world due to the good presentation of
the site and the valuable information it contains.”
Fadhil, who first had the idea, said that the website’s main
objective is to reach as many people as possible by sending a
message that the preservation of the environment is everybody’s
The site was to be launched during the
celebration of the Environment Day last month but due to some
technical difficulties it was postponed.
“What has inspired me to
design this webpage was the strong message that was carried out
during the Environment Day under the slogan ‘It’s Time to Act’,”
said Khawla. “I felt that the environment is an important issue
which needs to be promoted and felt that I had the capabilities to
do something about it.”
Khawla, along with Hussain and Nidhal,
who are all members of the Internet Club, then set out designing the
website and gathering information with the assistance of the
Hussain said the process of designing the website
took two months. “Due to the great importance the website carries,
we dedicated our time and efforts to send out an important message
in an attractive website.”
The designing process continue until
late hours in the evening which Nidhal said was very difficult to
adjust to in the beginning.
“We all either work or study and our
engagements have sometimes stood in the way of putting in more
hours. However, through our determination and belief in what we we
were doing, we dedicated most of our time to this important
project,” said Nidhal.
The website is divided into Arabic and
English sections and consists of three main areas, namely dangers of
car emissions, curbing the use of plastic bags and a section
dedicated to children.
“The first two areas were issues
highlighted by the Directorate during the Environment Day
celebrations which we felt had great importance and relevance to
issues concerning Bahrain,” said Khawla.
The sections offer facts
and statistics related to these issues aimed at offering a complete
picture of the situation.
The website offers messages and
pictures depicting the problems as well as an international news
archive offering information on all environmental issues.
user-friendly website also offers various competitions and cartoons
centred on environmental issues as well as links to various
The children’s section carries
messages on the importance of caring for the environment in a simple
manner with many pictures covering natural sites and environmental
“We still have plans to further develop the website such
as adding a place for discussion groups and a message box,” said