The Paper Bag Boy of Abu Dhabi

Abdul Muqeet, also known as the Paper Bag Boy, has risen from being just another ordinary student to an extra-ordinary environmentalist, eco-hero and eco-warrior. At just ten years old, Abdul Muqeet has demonstrated his commitment to saving the environment in United Arab Emirates and elsewhere. Inspired by the 2010 campaign “UAE Free of Plastic Bags”, Abdul Muqeet, a student of Standard V at Abu Dhabi Indian School, applied his own initiative and imagination to create 100% recycled carry bags using paper waste. He then set out to distribute these bags in Abu Dhabi, replacing single-use plastic bags that take hundreds … Continue reading

Water Awareness in Qatar: A Survey

Qatar is one of the world’s most water-scarce countries in the world. But the continuous expansion of fossil fuel-led desalination technology and associated water infrastructure evaded the shortages and led to continuous access to safe and clean water to all the citizens and residents. In recent years, Qatar witnessed the growing household water consumption adding stress to the economy, infrastructure, and the environment. New measures were proposed to curb the demand through increasing water tariffs and recycling domestic wastewater for semi-productive use. However, these measures have not reduced the domestic consumption of water. Conserving water is one of the strategic … Continue reading

Social Media as a Tool for Environment Protection

By taking advantage of social media, people can make a positive difference in the world. As far as environment protection is concerned, social media can potentially act both as bullhorn and tallying system that is needed to show that not only are people demanding change, but it is a multitude compared to just a few. The degradation of earth’s environment has become more popular to discuss in the last decade, and while individuals can alter their routines and habits to be greener, the major companies can make the most impact. While someone on their own might lack the ability to … Continue reading

الفكر البيئي

قبل ان يعي الإنسان ضرورة حماية الموارد الطبيعية، ويدرك أهمية صونها للحفاظ على بقائه، تركت الظروف الطبيعية أثرها على الإنسان، وحفزته في التفكر والتأمل في واقع الظروف البيئية، وبدأ الانسان في مرحلة ما عرف بالعصر البدائي، يمعن التفكير في توفير متطلبات البقاء، وأدرك في سياق ذلك أهمية الموارد في تأمين إستمراية بقائه، ما يتحتم عليه ضرورة العمل على صون الموارد الطبيعية، وإعتبارها ثروة معيشية وحياتية، وإبتكار الوسائل التي تحكم علاقة الجماعات البشرية التي كانت تعيش ضمن محيط بيئي واحد، ومنطقة جغرافية محددة التي تقطنها تلك الجماعات، في تنظيم عملية إستغلال الموارد لضمان بقائها، هنا بدأت البوادر الأولية في تكون مرتكزات … Continue reading

Environmental Awareness in Arab Countries: A Survey

A public opinion survey carried out by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development in 22 Arab countries revealed that a vast majority, exceeding 60 percent, believes that the environment has deteriorated in their countries over the last 10 years. An even bigger majority of 95 percent thinks that their country is not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges. The questionnaire, circulated via internet in cooperation with Arab media outlets and conducted on a self-completion basis, attracted 20,460 responses from across the Arab region. Respondents who thought that the environmental situation has worsened comprised 60 percent, reflecting findings of a … Continue reading

Environmental Research in Arab World: Perspectives

The Arab world is facing many environmental pressures ranging from challenges in resource management and water scarcity to air pollution and climate change, which all require serious scientific research. Arab nations contribute 1.7 percent of the total value of budgets embarked for environmental research worldwide. Leaders in Environmental Research Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia are the most active research countries in general science and environmental research. Scientific research has increased in the last ten years, with Egypt leading the Arab world, followed by Saudi Arabia for both the number and rate of publications produced. Egypt has contributed at least … Continue reading

Arab Researchers Award: Call for Nominations

The Scientific Committee for Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award calls for nominations for the Award’s 2017 cycle.  The deadline for receiving the completed nomination forms is April 30th under the following 6 fields: Medical & Health Sciences; Basic Sciences; Technological and Agricultural Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Literature; Humanitarian, Social & Educational Sciences; and Economic & Administrative Sciences. The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award is the first Award of its kind supporting scientific research and recognizing researchers in the Arab world. Since its launch in 1982, around 412 researchers residing in and outside of the Arab world won this Award. An … Continue reading

A Message on Earth Day

Earth Day has now grown into a global environmental tradition making it the largest civic observance in the world and is widely celebrated event in which over one billion people from over 190 countries will participate by taking suitable actions for saving our mother Earth. The Earth Day was first organized in 1970 to promote respect for life on the planet and to encourage awareness on air, water and soil pollution. Each year a different theme or topic is selected. The theme of Earth Day 2018 is ‘End Plastic Pollution’. Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and lands, injuring marine life … Continue reading

Environmental Perceptions and Attitudes in Qatar – A Survey

Measuring environmental knowledge, opinion and attitude is of paramount importance to the academics and policymakers for developing better policies for human well-being and protection of ecosystems. Self-reporting attitudes and behaviours are one of the ways to measure. A first-of-its-kind national opinion survey on environmental issues was conducted in 2016 in a series of three surveys including ten socio-demographic questions in each survey. The survey covered a wide range of topics from climate change to government policies to urbanization to food. The results show a large number of people are deeply aware of the local and global environmental problems. Overall, the … Continue reading

15 Inspirational Quotes On The Environment

With the New Year’s upon us, global citizens are beginning to think about their goals and what they want to accomplish in 2018. Many people focus on their finances, while others may be thinking about their health and relationships. Yet there is still one relationship that many people have forgotten: our relationship with Earth. In May of 2006, the film “An Inconvenient Truth” was released and for the first time in a long time, our environmental needs and causes was on everyone’s mind. But since then, it seems as though many of our sustainability challenges have been forgotten or swept … Continue reading

جائزة عبد الحميد شومان للابتكار

إيماناً من مؤسسة عبد الحميد شومان بأهمية تعزيز الفكر القيادي وجهودها المستمرة لخلق بيئة محفزة للابتكار والإبداع والإنتاجية بهدف تمكين الابتكار العلمي والثقافي كاستجابةً لقضايا المجتمع والاقتصاد المحلي والاقليمي، تطلق المؤسسة جائزة تعنى بالابتكار؛ العلمي والمجتمعي. تهدف الجائزة إلى تعزيز مجتمع المعرفة، ودفع عجلة الاقتصاد من خلال دعم الثورة الصناعية الرابعة القائمة اليوم على الابتكار لتخطي التحديات المفروضة على العالم، وإيجاد فرص عمل وأنماط تشغيل جديدة تحسّن نوعية الحياة وتُفضي إلى تقدُّم ونهضة المجتمعات. فروع جائزة عبد الحميد شومان للابتكار الابتكار العلمي:تهدف الجائزة ضمن هذا الفرع إلى تحفيز البحث العلمي التطبيقي والذي يفضي بدوره الى تطوير نماذج وتطبيقات وحلول تكنولوجية … Continue reading

التعليم البيئي: مفتاح لمستقبل أفضل

يعد امتلاك الأدوات المناسبة لمواجهة التحديات المستقبلية واجباً و تحدياً لقادة الغد، كما يعد تهيئة أطفالنا على أن يكونوا مستعدين على نحوٍ كاف للمستقبل الذي سيرثونه أمراَ مماثلاً بالأهمية. تزامناً مع تفاقم الإحساس بالتغيرات المناخية في جميع أنحاء العالم بما في ذلك الآثار الكارثية المترتبة على ذلك و التي لم تكن واضحة علمياً من قبل، فإن التعليم البيئي يعد المفتاح لمستقبل أفضل. في عصر نشهد فيه يومياً ازدياداً كبيراً لأعداد الأطفال غير المرتبطين بالطبيعة المحيطة بهم، علينا أن ندرك أهمية الاستثمار الحقيقي في التعليم البيئي والتعلم المعتمد على الأنشطة الخارجية قريباً من الطبيعة. أظهرت الدراسات أن التعليم البيئي يساعد على … Continue reading

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