Mangroves along Corniche Road cleaned
6 November 2010
ABU DHABI - After one-and-a-half hour of hard work, the Easter mangroves along Abu Dhabi’s New Corniche Road were spotless. And they are going to remain clean at least for the next year.
An area popular with weekend picnic-goers, who often leave a lot of unwanted harmful plastic behind, but also an area polluted by all kinds of debris and trash due to the ongoing urban development, the Eastern mangroves are perhaps the best choice for Green Abu Dhabi’s first environmental project. Armed with plastic bags and some even with gloves, about 50 children and their parents came along on Friday afternoon to clean the area. “I like the mangroves,” declared 11-year-old Johnny, who was here with his parents.
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The first project of Green Abu Dhabi was to get school children to paint tiles.
“We got free tiles from RAK Ceramics, which we sold to over 40 schools for Dh10 each. We raised Dh65,000, which we will donate to Emirates Wildlife Society,” Winzel told Khaleej Times.
The painted tiles, each with an environmental message, are now put together as a mural, which will eventually be displayed in a public building in Abu Dhabi.
A second project was an art exhibition, at the Emirates Heritage Club in Al Bateen Marina, which is going to end today. Featuring works by Fatima Al Mazrouei, Genoveva Kriechbaum, Tini Meyer and George Lewis, on the themes of environment, heritage, resources and the future, the exhibition touches upon the story of the UAE’s culture, beliefs and tradition, but also it connects the relationship between people with that of their fragile ecosystem.
The artworks are on sale and most of the money made will be donated to Emirates Wildlife Society and Future Centre for Special Needs, with only a small percentage being kept by the artists. Through this art sale and also the sale of merchandise connected during the clean-up event, Green Abu Dhabi hopes to raise Dh300,000 for these two charities.
“The foundation’s slogan is ‘Paint the Town Green’, which really means that everyone who is switching off the water tap, or paint a tile to raise some money for a good cause, or clean up a beach, is making a green imprint in the society,” said Raymond O’Hara, director of Louder World, who is doing the event management for Green Abu Dhabi.
Unlike other clean-up campaigns, this one wants to be sustainable, so volunteers will return to clean the Eastern mangroves every three to four weeks for the next year, when another environmental project will be launched.