The 21st cycle of ‘Clean UAE’ voyage that begun on 5th December from the Emirate of Ajman, journeyed through all the Emirates of UAE and concluded on 15th December in Abu Dhabi– the Capital of the United Arab Emirates. The cycle was conducted under the significant patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and in association with Ministry of Community Development.
The campaign in Abu Dhabi witnessed the participation of 50,943 people arrived at all the sites adorning the specially designed campaign cotton T-shirts and Caps, equipped with reusable cotton gloves and biodegradable plastic bags. They collected 19,965 kg of waste and cleaned more than 10 km2 from Al Ghantoot, Musaffah and ICAD Industrial areas. The 21st cycle of campaign journeyed through all 7 Emirates and recorded 61,646 participants who collected 40,404 Kg and covered a total area of 38.5km2.
Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Co-founder and Chairperson of EEG said at the opening ceremony in Al Ghantoot site said: “The ethos of the Emirates Environmental Group is to instil an environmental social practice amongst all sectors of the society to protect the environment and adopt sustainable habits. Our flagship campaign - the Clean UAE is the longest and largest environmental movement in the country and aims to protect the natural habitat for the wildlife to thrive and to focus on tourist destinations and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all.”
“EEG is immensely grateful to the visionary leadership of our country who have facilitated a unique, safe, secure and healthy environment for all. EEG is gratified to take forward the environmental legacy left behind by the Father of our Nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may his soul rest in peace). I would like to conclude with a Quote by him – ‘We have worked, since the establishment of our state, to protect the environment and wildlife. These achievements should be an incentive for us, particularly the Emirati youth, the future generation, to continue taking care of and keeping the environment safe and clean because if we don’t, we shall destroy the resources that Allah blessed us with; these resources are not ours alone, they also belong to our children and their children.”– added Mrs. Al Mar’ashi.
In her closing statement Mrs. Al Mar’ashi also expressed her thanks to the supporters of the campaign - Abu Dhabi City Municipality represented by Al Shahama Municipality Center and Musaffah Municipality Center for their collaboration and commitment. She further expressed her appreciation to McDonald’s UAE - Co-Sponsor for the event, the support sponsors - Dubai Investments, UPS, Canpack and FARNEK, logistical supporters - Fujairah Plastics Factory, Al Ain Water, Almarai, Del Monte, Golden Loaf, Golden Spike, Tetra Pak, Byrne Equipment Rental, Aster and du, as well as media partners - Gulf News and Pan Asian Media.
As an accredited body of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), EEG ensures to align its activities and programmes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Clean UAE campaigns are aligned to the following SDGs: Goal #3: Good Health and Well-being, Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal #13: Climate Action; Goal #15: Life on Land and Goal #17: Partnerships for Goals.