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UAE Year of Sustainability launches ‘Community Steps’ initiative


He UAE Year of Sustainability, under the motto “Action plan” start “Community steps”an initiative that invites the public to organize walks with their friends and family in their neighborhoods in an effort to promote conscious movement and sustainable ways of socializing.

Speaking of the objective of the Year of Sustainability, Project leader Eisa Alsubousi saying,

“We want to inspire people to make sustainable choices, and ‘Community Steps’ encourages a carbon-neutral lifestyle and greener ways of movement, while inspiring meaningful conversations, shared experiences and a stronger sense of community. There is no better time than Ramadan to begin this community-led initiative, as this is the month for mindfulness, reflection and awareness of our choices – all values ​​that our ancestors beautifully embodied while they were aware of the environment around them. and we want to encourage the next generation to follow in their footsteps.”

Abdulla Al Remeithi, member of the Year of Sustainability Expert Network saying:

“Carbon emissions from petrol cars are the second highest source of pollution in the UAE, so initiatives like ‘Community Steps’ are valuable in promoting a carbon-neutral lifestyle and encouraging the public to consider alternative ways transportation whenever possible, such as walking or cycling for short distance trips and sharing transportation with friends and family. There is also the UAE Environmental Identity app which was launched in 2023 during COP28 and which helps people in the UAE monitor their carbon footprint generated in daily activities, thereby helping us assess our environmental impact to make our communities more sustainable. The concept was developed as part of the National Expert Program and supported by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Mubadala.”

Continuing through 2024, the Year of Sustainability promotes sustainable collective action in key areas such as green transportation, water and energy reduction, responsible consumption and smart planting.

“Community steps” calls on all those who call the UAE home to come together with friends, family and neighbors to organize neighborhood walks in their residential communities or join any walking group or community that offers a great opportunity for people to connect while being more active, whether it’s walking to the local supermarket, exercising, or simply spending more time in nature.

News source: Emirates News Agency


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