- June 4, 2007:
Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5. The slogan selected by the United Nations for 2007 is Melting Ice – a Hot Topic? The day will focus on the effects that climate change is having on ecosystems and communities, and the ensuing consequences around the world.
“On this day, we would like to take the opportunity to remind the public that small changes in their lifestyles can make a big difference to the environment,” said Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
This year, EAD is cooperating with the Family Development Association to present an awareness lecture “The Miraculousness of the Holy Qur’aan and Climate Change.” It is open to the public and will be held on Monday June 11, 2007 at 7:30 pm in the Association’s auditorium in the Bateen branch. The lecture will be followed by a discussion session about the role of the individual in combating global warming.
The seminar will be presented in Arabic by renowned Egyptian scholar Prof. Dr. Zaghloul Al Najjar, a prominent figure in the scientific miraculousness of the Holy Qur’aan was chosen as the Dubai International Holy Quran Award's (DIHQA) Islamic Personality of 2006. Dr Al Najjar is the chairman of the Committee of Scientific Miraculousness in the Holy Quran and a member of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Egypt. Moreover, Dr Al Najjar is considered the first scholar to link the scientific miraculousness in the Quran with modern science.
Meantime, at the Cultural Foundation, EAD will be showing the 80-minute academy award-winning documentary March of the Penguins. Directed by Luc Jacquet, this documentary will take viewers on a trip to Antarctica where they are introduced to a fragile ecosystem, which is threatened by Global Warming.
To mark the day, awareness on Climate Change will be dispersed through the Friday sermon in mosques across Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
Last year, on World Environment Day, among EAD’s activities were that it quizzed hundreds of Marina Mall Shoppers on the fragility of global and UAE deserts. A Keep My Desert Clean evening campaign was also organized in the Sweihan desert.
The Facts About Climate Change
• Climate change may affect Abu Dhabi Emirate by increasing the sea level, resulting in flooding and extreme weather.
• The livelihoods of humans may be affected if plant or animal species become extinct, since many communities use them as sources of food, fuel and income.
• In 1996 and 1998, coral bleaching occurred in the UAE. Live coral cover declined by more than three-quarters. Recovery is now beginning to take place. Climate change may add stress to the already sensitive coral reefs of the UAE and hurt the recovery process.
• Translate your environmental responsibility into the strategy of your business - simply talking about social and environmental responsibility is no longer acceptable or enough.
• Protect our marine heritage - sustainable use of our living marine resources means that the harvest taken from a fish stock does not exceed the ability of that stock to replenish itself.
• Reduce your energy use – this means less contribution to the emission of greenhouse gases which leads to Climate Change.
• Turn off your computer when not in use - One computer left on all day results in the emission of 1,500 pounds of Carbon dioxide in a year. It would take 100 to 500 trees to absorb that amount of extra Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
• Close your doors or windows when the air conditioner is switched on. Switch if off when not in use.