Today, across the world, sees Earth Hour – the biggest climate change awareness event when millions of households and companies switch off all their lights as a demonstration of environmental awareness and of the fact that something needs to be done.
According to the latest report from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the UAE has the world's highest per capita environmental footprint - higher than those of Qatar, Denmark, Belgium and the United States.
When talking about the environment, it’s the one thing that makes me loathe Dubai, makes me feel so guilty for living here (in effect contributing to its disastrous environmental record) and forces me to question whether I actually want to live in a country that is so morally neglectful, disdainful of its impact on the earth’s natural resources and blatantly self-obsessed.
I live in a land of chilled swimming pools, monster four by fours and air-conditioning – not to mention the manmade Palm-shaped islands - where the average person puts more demand on the global ecosystem than any other. The United States runs second.
Every day I recycle my rubbish – as I have been taught and accustomed to doing in the UK. I have a box for glass, one for paper and a bin for plastic and metal. When we first moved to Dubai this recycled rubbish used to be collected every week. With no explanation this was outrageously stopped some three years ago! WHY? Now I have to take it down to a recycling point. I do this because I have an environmental conscience and, for what it is worth, I have to do my small part – but not everyone is prepared to make the effort. If the government cannot be bothered then why should they?
But on a positive note. Dubai’s ‘favourite’ rag Seven Days has launched a campaign to instill an environmental conscience in everyone and to get him or her to incorporate actions that have a positive environmental impact into their everyday life. Please visit www.youtube.com/wwfuae to view and accept their challenge and to post your own pledge.
About this blog...
I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).