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GEA continues to target youths during CEW

The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) on Friday culminated activities for Energy Week 2011 at the Umana Yana under the theme “Guyana’s Youths adopting clean low-energy lifestyles” with an energy seminar and exhibition that was aimed at stimulating dialogue and interest in energy matters.
Presentations were made by partner agencies such as Guyana Power and Light Inc., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Guyana, and demonstrated the activities, plans and experiences in relation to energy and its effective and efficient use.


Prime Minister Samuel Hinds viewing the operations of parabolic and solar cookers. He is joined by Chief Energy Officer, Mahendar Sharma

Guyana is proud to have revived its annual energy week observances as 2011 marks the first time several Caricom member states also observed the week. The week of activities sought to sensitize youths on energy usage and its role in Guyana’s development.   Other activities held during the week were an interactive discussion and TV quiz and poster competition for Grades 4 and 9 students.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds pointed out that energy and its use now recognised to be an important issue. He pointed out two concerns, the first being avoiding climate change due to energy inputs and people’s lifestyles, and the other is awareness with the world becoming interconnected.


Students gathered at the Umana Yana for the Guyana Energy Agency’s seminar and workshop

The Prime Minister emphasised that at this time people must consider their lifestyles as it relates to the impact on the environment. He added that Guyana must look at ways to come in line with the sustainable use of materials and include modifications to aspirations of development.
Chief Energy Officer, Mahendar Sharma explained that energy conservation is important since in Guyana energy generation emanates from fossil fuels that has a cost economically, physically and to the environment. He referred to the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) which seeks to reduce Guyana’s carbon foot print on the environment, and conservation is one element that would help to achieve that.
Sharma emphasised that targeting youths and educating them on energy conservation and what they can do to reduce consumption of energy is to that when they advance into the adult world they are prepared, and they are the main catalyst to getting adults to change their attitudes.

Source: http://www.gina.gov.gy



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