x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Abu Dhabi schoolboy launches war on waste

The 11-year-old schoolboy who was recognised for his commitment to the environment, hopes to encourage shoppers to buy local produce, reduce waste and recycle leftovers.

ABU DHABI // Schoolboy Abdul Muqeet’s mission in life is to save the environment.

The 11-year-old Abu Dhabi Indian School pupil, who received a 2011 Abu Dhabi Award for his commitment to the environment, hopes to inspire residents to work together and create a greener world.

To that end, Abdul Muqeet and his friends will mark today’s World Environment Day at Khalidiyah Mall, where they will encourage shoppers to buy locally grown produce, reduce food waste and recycle leftovers. His campaign reflects the day’s message this year, Think.Eat.Save.

“Together we can change the situation,” said Abdul Muqeet, who won the award by making carrier bags from discarded newspapers and distributing them in the community.

“If everyone does their part and helps spread this year’s message we will be able to save a lot of food and avoid wastage, which can then be used for those people who are dying of hunger.

“We should also understand why we should consume more locally produced food to save the environment. In this way we will reduce our carbon footprint.”

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation says 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide every year.

jbell@thenational.ae