Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has launched a sustainability initiative to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste in the city. The initiative is called ‘Dubai Can’, held under the theme, ‘One Small Change, One Big Impact’.
The initiative provides residents and visitors with access to clean drinking water for free through more than 30 drinking water dispensers that will be distributed in several key areas in the city, including beaches, parks, shopping malls, landmarks and major destinations.
What is Dubai Can?
The initiative aims to reduce single-use plastic water bottle waste in the city by:
- Encouraging individuals to use refillable water bottles
- Enabling access to free and safe drinking water through the installation and use of water stations across Dubai
- Creating a culture of conscious living by driving awareness on plastic alternatives and sustainability issues
Why act now?
The website DubaiCan says: “In the past 10 years, we’ve created more plastic waste than during the previous century combined.” It urges the community to consider these facts:
- It can take around half a millennium (500 years) for some plastics to decompose (WWF)
- Approximately 100,000 marine mammals are killed by ocean plastic every year (WWF)
- The average UAE resident can use around 450 plastic water bottles every year (Bee’ah)
- By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans
- We need to act now to help our planet. Dubai Can is a timely initiative that will:
- Bolster a citywide and global movement towards positive change
- Protect the environment by reducing waste and saving wildlife
- Reduce your cost of living and activate awareness
How can you help?
“Everyone can and should make a difference. Your actions are an important contribution,” the website says. Here are some ways to help and be a part of the Dubai Can initiative:
- Carry refillable water containers and persuade family and friends to do the same
- Inform others about the free drinking water stations around the city and encourage their use
- Install water filters in your home
- Practice sustainable living and inspire the community with your actions and choices
News source: Gulf News