ATA Partners with UCAD at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar to Offset Carbon Footprint

8 Jun

Delegates attending ATA’s 36th Annual World Congress in Dakar, Senegal visited Cheikh Anta Diop University during Host Country Day to learn more about the UCAD Green Campus/International Forest program and ongoing green projects around the campus. During the visit, we had the opportunity to plant more than a dozen trees at the University.

ATA’s carbon neutral tradition began last year in The Gambia at ATA’s 35th Annual World Congress. It has since become a permanent fixture of ATA’s host country responsibilities.

This year, ATA delegates learned about the “InternationalForest” efforts of UCAD in which individuals or groups work against climate change by planting trees and increasing the use of solar energy on the campus.

One student at the University explained that there is a push to learn about the environment. Students are getting involved in the project because they are concerned about global warming and see tree planting as a solution to environmental concerns. He added that the trees also provide more green space to students for walking, doing work, or just relaxing between classes.

Each tree planted represents delegates present at the congress including each of ATA’s chapters, ministries of tourism, airlines partners, media delegates, ATA’s International Board of Directors, and member countries. ATA delegates expressed appreciation and enthusiasm for the opportunity—some said they hope to return in the future to visit their tree.

A row of trees planted by ATA delegates during the 36th Congress

To learn more about the project, e-mail ucadforet_int@yahoo.fr.

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