Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has called on UAE residents to adopt activities and programmes that preserve environmental resources.
His appeal came during the clean-up of the marine environment in Dubai – the volunteering activity adopted as a result of the pioneering crowdsourcing platform launched last week.
The platform received more than 6,000 ideas in six days and invited residents to propose volunteering ideas for Sheikh Hamdan to implement on International Volunteer Day.
"I was delighted to have received the suggestion of diving and cleaning the marine environment from the Emirati child Rashed Marwan AlMarri and Indian child Hanan Mohammed Ali – both who are not older than 12 years old. This is a testament to our children’s awareness of the importance of preserving marine environment and ensuring that future generations get to enjoy a healthy and clean environment in the years to come," he said.
The Crown Prince added: "Our city is our home. We are all responsible for its cleanliness and for sustaining its resources. This marks the first implementation of the thousands of ideas that we’ve received from the crowdsourcing platform launched last week."
The initiative also aims to increase environmental awareness amongst residents and encourages them to engage in volunteer work to preserve the environment.
Sheikh Hamdan said: "Volunteer work is one of the most important means for advancement in society, and its success depends on various factors - most importantly, a driven population that believes in volunteer work and its positive impact on society."
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