As part of our April events focusing on the environment in honor of Earth Day, 45 students from University of Zambia gathered during school vacation for a presentation on environmental policy and awareness by Commercial and Environment Officer Srini Seetharahm and USG exchange program alumna Irene Lungu Chipili, the Principle Information and Communications Officer with the Zambia Environmental Management Agency.
A volunteer with the Embassy Speakers Bureau, Srini shared the United States’ success in lowering emissions, and discussed President Obama’s leadership on global environmental issues. Irene explained her agency’s role in creating Zambian environmental policy and encouraged students to become involved in the efforts. She also gave students insights gleaned during her 2011 exchange program in the United States, emphasizing the U.S. commitment to community service and volunteerism, like park clean-up initiatives. PAS staff provided information about the Embassy’s social media platforms and exchange opportunities, and thanked the NGO Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia for hosting the event.