UAE | Environment
UAE residents have biggest ecological footprint — WWF
This places strain on natural resources
It's surprising that, given the high profile of sustainable initiatives in the country, it has not had any major trickle down impact on the general population. While public education is an important factor, infrastructure is key. An important component for this is a full blown garbage segregation system which starts from the home/office to collection and recycling. Also there is a need for clear policy on littering. I think there also needs to be a rethink on the use of lighting in public areas (mall parking lots, etc), signage, marquee, etc. You can just imagine how much power is consumed just to light one single billboard or storefront. The issue is not about what one can afford, but what the environment can handle.
Wes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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