To commemorate the 25th National Environment Day, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai, hosted a tree-planting event with representatives from Expo’s country pavilions under the theme ‘The UAE’s Message to the World – Climate Action Now.’
The activity aimed to highlight the importance of expanding green cover to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere as part of climate action by planting seedlings of native tree species – ghaf, sidr, and acacia. The seedlings were distributed by MOCCAE to the participants, who planted them at the Expo 2020 Dubai Plant Nursery.
“Over the course of five decades, protecting the environment, preserving natural resources, and conserving biodiversity have been – and always will be – among the UAE’s strategic priorities,” said Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
As we commemorate our 25th National Environment Day with the theme ‘Climate Action Now,’ we send a strong message to the world that collective action is the best way to address all challenges that come our way in order to protect our environment and build a better future.”
“With our initiative, we are following in the footsteps of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in emphasizing the importance of preserving our environment for future generations,” she added.
Under the patronage of the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE marked the 25th National Environment Day on February 4. The occasion’s activities will continue for four months until World Environment Day on June 5, highlighting the country’s climate action and raising public awareness about the impacts of climate change and the nation’s future initiatives and plans to tackle this major threat to sustainable development on a local as well as global level.