UAE youths embrace tree-planting scheme

120 trees to be planted at Jebel Ali landfill for Earth Week 2013

Gulf News

Dubai: Around 70 youths from all over the UAE will be planting trees at a landfill in Jebel Ali on Saturday in celebration of Earth Week 2013.

Synergy, a group of 50 youths aged between 10 to 17 in the UAE, will plant 120 trees at the Jebel Ali Landfill Project with the support of the Dubai Municipality. The event is being held as part of the Plant-for-the-Planet, a children’s initiative worldwide.

“We need to understand that landfills are an evil necessity of the society. Since this landfill is in its early stage, it’s best to plant trees near the landfill to give more oxygen in the area and thereby reduce the effects of gases emitted by the trash,” Simran Vedvyas, Synergy chairperson, told Gulf News.

After the tree-planting event, the group will tour the landfill along with DM officials. Participants will also be asked to pledge their support for the campaign toward environmental awareness and sustainable development.

Earth Week is celebrated annually in the latter part of April. The first Earth Week was held in 1970 in Philadelphia following a realisation that Earth Day — celebrated annually on April 22 — is too short a time to address climate change issues.