Environmental Protection Policy
[This policy was written in 1977 and is outdated by the phrase ‘within the century’. However, with only minor revisions, it is being left as it was to illustrate the foresight of this policy written over a quarter century ago.]
As part of the instructional program of Sanaa International School, particularly in cultural studies, physical education, and science, emphasis are placed on environmental studies with a view to the concerns of pollution, overpopulation, waste of natural resources, health, etc. It is felt that the pressure of the environmental crisis worldwide makes it imperative that our children have a working understanding of the problems they will face as adult citizens. The following is a summary of the problems that relate to the school’s objectives concerning environmental protection.
- Overpopulation: Students should be made aware of the facts concerning excessive population growth. They should know that unless the explosive world population growth is slowed or stopped altogether, the quality of life will be seriously reduced due to shortage of food and supplies, shortage of space, and unstable political and social institutions.
- Pollution: Problems of the pollution of the environment caused by uncontrolled economic and technological growth should be brought to the attention of the students. The ecological balance of clean air, water, and land should be seen and studied in terms of a student’s own relationship to it. Students should be encouraged to avoid littering at school, home, city, and countryside.
- Resources: An exponential use of the earth’s limited resources by the industrially developed nations is a problem in which each of us participates. Unless our growth-at-all-costs consumer value system is changed to a system of responsible development, man shall not survive his own greed. Students should learn the economics of over-consumption and how to make personal decisions in this area which will positively affect the world’s environment.
- Protection of Wildlife and Natural Areas: Students should know that certain animals are now extinct, that there is a growing number of endangered species, and that if strict protection measures are not taken, much of the earth’s wildlife will have vanished from the earth within the century. They should know, too, that preservation of wildlife means the protection of vast stretches of earth’s forests, seas, lakes, swamps, savannas, and deserts.
- Health: Exercise, proper diet, and avoidance of harmful drugs should be encouraged. Students should have facts on the harmful effects of overeating, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, use of tobacco, and use of other harmful drugs. An organized program of exercise is part of the physical education program. Individual sports in which one can participate after youth should be taught as well as major team sports.