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Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi collaborates with ADWEA and CWM

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed two agreements with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (CWM) in a move that will create synergies among the entities in the field of environmental education and awareness.

The two agreements are aimed at reducing overall water and electricity consumption and reducing waste among schools and universities across the Abu Dhabi.

The organisations will work towards equipping students – which constitute over 25% of the total population in the emirate – with the knowledge and skills advocating sustainable management practices.

The focus will be on wise water and electricity use and how to minimise waste. This will be done through joint educational programmes and initiatives, with a strong focus on EAD’s Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) and the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) as the main conduit for awareness-raising.

The two agreements will look to promote sound environmental stewardship among the students, reduce the emirate’s ecological footprint, and work towards an ecologically-sensitive and resource-conscious society led by students, parents and neighbourhood communities.

H.E Dr. Jaber Al Jabri, EAD’s Deputy Secretary General: “One of the pillars of what we do is running educational efforts to promote environmentally-friendly behaviour among today’s youth. This is something that we’ve focussed on since our inception in 1996, and with the support of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, we incorporated environmental education as part of Abu Dhabi Emirate’s first ever environmental strategy of 2001.

“With the support from several public and private entities in the UAE, EAD has successfully carried out programmes that have allowed us to achieve our strategic objectives. These efforts have helped win awards and accolades for Abu Dhabi Emirate from international bodies such as UNESCO and international environment education organisations whom the Agency networks and shares best practices with to promote the role education plays on environmental issues.”

The agreements will continue for a period of four years from the date they were signed, and shall be automatically renewed for the same period, unless terminated by either party.

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Earth Hour 2013

EWS-WWF ask UAE residents to join the world’s largest environmental movement

Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) calls on the UAE community and organisations to join hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching off all lights in landmarks, business premises and homes for one hour. Earth Hour is a symbol of environmental action and is taking place at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday 23rd of March, 2013.

Ida Tillisch, Acting Director General of EWS-WWF encourages UAE residents to make Earth Hour 2013 bigger and better than before, “we hope that businesses, organisations, communities and individuals will not only join us by switching off for one hour but will also take this opportunity and commit to long term environmental action.”

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to sign up for Earth Hour and inspire their family, friends, employees, clients and partners.

Since its beginning as a one city initiative in Sydney 7 years ago, WWF’s Earth Hour has grown to be one of the largest environmental movements in the world. Last year the saw the official participation of 22 towns and cities from across all seven emirates. Thousands of residents had the opportunity to join public and community events that swept the different emirates, while many of the UAE’s buildings also switched off all non-essential lights.  It is estimated that Earth Hour reached over 3 million UAE residents in 2012.

Earth Hour 2013 is expecting world-renowned buildings such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and Al Qasbah in Sharjah to be added to a long list of prestigious global landmarks that will turn their lights off as a symbolic gesture to remind people of the importance of conserving energy. Public events will be taking place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, and many community events are being planned by different organisations and groups to celebrate this global event.

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