Environment Online – ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. The network is created through connecting actual schools that operate locally in various countries around the world. The Rio+20 conference which was held in June 2012, brought together world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, in an effort to shape the way towards reducing poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection resulting in an outcome document. Within that document, the ENO Programme was officially recognised for its commitment towards planting a 100 Million Trees worldwide by 2017.
Since 2012, schools in the ENO Programme have been successful in planting 20 million trees worldwide thus enabling students to become environmental ambassadors for their respective local communities and regions based on the themes addressed as part of their environmental lessons some of which include forests, climate change and ecological footprint. Moreover, there are over 7000 ENO schools in 147 countries.
Unfortunately, Bahrain is not on the list of countries yet who are involved in planting trees as part of the schools who have joined in to help achieve the commitments made under the UN Rio+20 document and initiative. Therefore, bnature in collaboration with Ms. Rasha Al Najjar, an educator and science coordinator at Al Hekma International School who became the first coordinator in Bahrain for the ENO Programme following being shortlisted for the Ambassador for the Environment Award under the Global Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS 2016 Awards) on a regional level – decided it was time for change. Therefore, they in collaboration with the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) are working towards creating change and putting Bahrain on the list of those who shall honour the commitment made to make the planet greener, healthier and more sustainable.