Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 September 2019

Emirati women called to unite with the WWF to help save the planet

'Emirati women – you are the leaders of tomorrow'

For this year's Emirati Women's Day, Laila Mostafa Abdullatif is calling on the sisterhood to come together and help save the planet.

As the director general of environmental non-profit Emirates Nature-WWF, Abdullatif is well placed to understand how critical the global situation is becoming, and today is asking women to step up for the cause.

With fires raging unchecked in Siberia and the Amazon rainforest, the lungs of the planet are literally burning, while sea water temperatures are rising, threatening reefs and sea plants with a stark future.

Abdullatif is using August 28, the annual event that celebrate the achievements and contributions of Emirati women, to ask her gender to act.

The Amazon rainforest is currently in a third week of raging fires. AFP
The Amazon rainforest is currently in a third week of raging fires. AFP

"The responsibility of preserving the environment lies on our shoulders,” Abdullatif explains. Speaking of the importance of the Earth, she continues: “It does not only yield the natural requirements that are essential to our health, but also to all other living species."

Appointed to her role in the regional branch of the World Wildlife Fund in 2017, Abdullatif is passionate about protecting the natural world.

"As an organisation our focus has been, and will continue to be, delivering high impact, science-based, robust conservation solutions which contribute to conserving the environment for the well-being of society and future generations," she says.

"Moving forwards, we will continue to nurture these partnerships, create new collaborations and engage with the public through a diverse range of opportunities as we highlight the vital connection between nature and humanity.”

In a video released to mark Emirati Women's Day, Abdullatif implores her countrywomen to get involved and help steer the future of the planet and all its inhabitants in a better direction.

"Lest we forget, Emirati women – you are the leaders of tomorrow."

Updated: August 28, 2019 04:47 PM

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