Digging, Planting, Learning during UAE National Environment Week 2013
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, every year the country marks the National Environment Day on February 4 to highlight and galvanize public action and awareness about one of the key environmental issues in the UAE. The National Environment Day supports the spirit of individual and collective initiatives and responsibility among all segments of the society on environmental issues.
Dubai is a leading city that is committed to raise the environmental quality standards by generating initiatives and best practices across the region. Towards this direction, Tadweer is the first company in the region to pioneer in waste management solution applications for producing alternative fuel and green products and also to support environment leadership. Shored up by Tadweer, the Echo of the Environment and Dubai Municipality, SynergY members together celebrated the U.A.E. National Environment Day 2013 on Saturday making the best use of their day-off from schools, by planting trees and taking a tour of TADWEER facility; getting a better insight into waste management and pledging to contribute their best by advocating that everyone must adopt an Eco-lifestyle.
Present during the event Mr. Haitham Shaqwara, General Manager from Tadweer motivated the group by emphasizing ‘the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling of waste.We are also thankful to Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director- Waste Management Department for his kind support and guidance for this global environment and waste management cause’.
On the one hand Aishwarya Shetty a student from Our Own English High School Sharjah considered that–‘Planting and caring for seedling trees helps young people to learn about the natural world and the value of trees in it’ and on the other Ananya Jain who studies at Dubai International Academy promised to take back the days’ learning to use in her project work and share it with her friends too. Zaid Haddadin, who studies at the Repton School , Dubai and aspires to be a Software Engineer felt content planting the tree and understanding the importance of reducing waste too. Sayedda Zahra, studies in Indian High School and has participated in Dubai Earth Hour, Recycling events and walks regularly. The young sister duo Aswathi and Aarya Ajith , from The Millennium School, Dubai were also noticed digging and planting with enthusiasm.
Touring the factory, the youngsters got an opportunity to see the process of solid waste sorting and recycling, understanding the sorting process and end products. This event is a testimony of Tadweer's mission that goes beyond the commercial purposes and aims at creating and establishing a quality environment through educational partnerships and leadership, increasing waste reduction, recycling and resource conservation. Such innovative participation will certainly put UAE on the path of zero waste generation, and will turn solid waste from a burden to a resource and also contribute in reducing carbon foot print.
The founder of SynergY, Simran Vedvyas stepped forward to thank the host and successfully managed the event which witnessed members unified in action and determined to move forward.