International Day for Biological Diversity at AUB (IBDAA)
The Nature Conservation Center (NCC) has been hosting the International Day for Biological Diversity At AUB, or IBDAA, for a decade now. The event invites American University of Beirut (AUB) students to prepare eco-friendly projects during the Spring semester and present them in the form of posters and sometimes demonstrations. The opening speech at the tenth edition of IBDAA, which took place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, explained that “started IBDAA in 2007 because there is only so much can do. The potential to change the world is in the hands of students and young minds like participants.” It went on to explain that whether they like it or not, the participating students are all about to change the world, and urged them to take the environment into consideration when they do.
This year’s event, which hosted more than 275 participants, particularly stood out due to the impressive variety of the projects, that ranged from children’s books with built-in trash bags, to vertical gardens, environmentally friendly pesticides. The students also enjoyed a surprise tango flash mob, a continuous draw for prizes to be won, live graffiti and professional illustration of the forum, and a “chill area”, where they could lie down on recycled bean bags to de-stress.