My generation remembers how simple primitive grocers in Al Furjan used to require their customers to return refreshment bottles after they were finished. With the boom, this positive practice with important connotations that indicated an early awareness of the importance of recycling has vanished, and the spread of plastic bottles and containers has exacerbated the situation.
In many European and American countries, and in China, Japan and Singapore, you find, at the entrance to supermarkets, a machine that receives from customers recyclable bottles and containers, and prints them reward vouchers that allow them to obtain discounts for their purchase invoices, and points that they benefit from accumulating to encourage them to continue the upscale behavior that promotes Aware of the importance of recycling and preserving the environment.
What made me remember these practices and scenes was the comment of one of the readers on a corner last Thursday about the “Dubai Initiative” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic containers, and expressed his wish to spread the culture of recycling with the participation of various segments of society; Because what is happening is not commensurate with the UAE’s achievements and leadership position in various fields, and it is adopting strategies to achieve the UAE’s Strategic Initiative for Climate Neutrality 2050 and the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
In our schools and lower educational circles, students are taught and made aware of environmental issues, and they participate in initiatives to clean beaches and wild areas, while we find that the general behavior in society is not commensurate with those efforts and keenness to inculcate environmentally friendly behaviors early, where the majority of students, adolescents and other segments of society are the most Using single-use plastic materials, whether bags or water bottles. We find that they do not hesitate to throw bottles at the sidewalks, and break them, which poses real risks to road users.
When announcing the “Dubai Initiative” initiative, those concerned mentioned shocking numbers that “the volume of consumption of plastic bottles in the country amounts to about 450 bottles per person, which means about 4 billion bottles at the state level annually, while one bottle needs about 400 years to decompose.” This constitutes one of the biggest environmental challenges, as it is estimated that plastic waste kills about 1.1 million marine creatures and creatures around the world annually.
Spreading the culture of recycling and environmental awareness is a huge work that requires integrated efforts greater than the seasonal campaigns of the associations concerned with the environment, and one hand does not clap.
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