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    Posted February 1, 2012 by
    Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
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    Development Club and its great role in developmental projects in Iraq


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     karzan1 says he and his fellow students at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani started a Development Club to spread awareness about environmental issues in their community. Club members volunteer their time and skills to create and implement sustainable development projects. He says he and his partners make an impact by "providing better projects that affect our community in a better way. Once we do that, we can have a healthier environment and a better society."

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    Iraq has had many environmental issues over time due to the frequent use of cars and the lack of an accurate environmental education in this region. The necessity of the environment and the instinct of finding a solution to protect the environment led to emerging Development Club and encouraging students to commence their work at Development Club to protect the environment through this beneficial club.

    Development Club is a diverse club located in Iraq-Sulaimani that includes many eager students regardless of age, language, religion and different perspectives. The onset of this club’s work refers to March 2011, when students passionately wanted to spread awareness about the environmental issues and cared about the abatement of pollution. This club has had roughly 50 members, and most of them are young adults, who have a strong desire to serve their community through this club. The reason that students have joined this club and collaborated with each other is because it is the most appropriate place for them to use their ability and physical skills. In this club, students experience and encounter new things and take a huge role to protect the environment because they physically participate in the developmental projects, and they are a major part of conducting the projects.

    It has had many distinct projects since its onset, and its projects reverberated among people, such as visiting the NGOs, the Climate Action Day, hosting a conference with the United Nations organizations, and now the commission of Development Club is working on a new project called “The Green Music and Art Festival” intends to spread awareness about the environmental education. In fact, the existence of this club is so necessary for this city and people, particularly young adults because this club prepares them to protect environment from the ongoing issues and spread the awareness about the environmental protection.

    Development Club besides its function that aims to develop the society, it concentrates on the environmental education in Iraq, and hopes to increase the green areas to make its community a healthier, a better place to live.

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