Aisha AlMaadeed is a young Qatari woman on a mission to spread awareness about the environment. She is the founder of Greener Future, a youth initiative started in 2018 with the goal to promote the importance of the environment through innovative projects and by teaching people how to live sustainably.
You will often see her working hand-in-hand with different organizations to raise awareness about reducing the use of plastic and teaching the youth what environmentally friendly materials can be used as an alternative.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is bringing you an exclusive Q&A with Aisha who is also a University student so you can get to know more about this inspirational young woman.
Aisha: Greener Future is a youth initiative, we started in 2018. I participated in a leadership programme under ROTA (Reach Out To Asia). The main idea was to create an initiative by youth that encourages the community to change their habits and lifestyle. Greener Future is driven by Qatari youth to protect the environment from the effects of harmful materials and provide safer alternatives. I do believe that everyone can make a change for a better environment.
Aisha: I am the eldest in the house. I had a great childhood. Childhood is the best part of one's life because there are no responsibilities and this helps in living life with complete ease and comfort.
Aisha: Believe you can and you’re halfway there. My inspirations in Qatar are my mother and my aunt, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and Amna AlMuhannadi. Overseas, it's Oprah Winfrey, Nick Vujicic, Tony Robbins, Walt Disney and Louise Hay.
Aisha: Ghanim Al-Sulaiti, Winona Laduke, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough.
Aisha: Discovering and learning new things, being an environmental warrior, and making a better society. I also love volunteering because it helps me learn new skills. I am passionate about sports (yoga), reading, travelling and photography.
Aisha: I do believe there are always hard decisions to make. In the end, most of the decisions deserve the risk that we have taken and it’s meant to be for us.
Aisha: I will not do anything differently because I do believe that everything happens for a purpose. Everything will come to you at the perfect time.
Aisha: Happy. Friendly. Motivated, Creative. Sociable.
Aisha: That I love what I do and believe in myself to give more. And, the most important thing is that people trust me.
Also, Greener Future helped to reduce the use of plastic in different eating places in Qatar and this is a big achievement. They were able to get recycling bins put in important places in Doha so people could recycle plastic straws and use reusable products instead.
Aisha: Discover and learn from each other. Hold hands with other people to spread the awareness together as one team.
Aisha: I want to be remembered as a person who was funny, kind, caring, compassionate and a good listener. I want to have made a positive difference to others.
Aisha: I will say it again and again: believing in yourself and what you do is the most important thing.
Aisha: To start new projects, to develop my skills and learn new ones, to read more books and to find new passions.
Aisha: You should be able to learn from each other. And, also read, because it all depends on knowledge.
Aisha: Reading, photography, public speaking, yoga and walking in nature.
Aisha: My last travel destination was Moscow and I am in love with the place. The thing that attracts me the most in the country is the green space and nature in general.
Aisha: I have been a vegetarian for the last three and a half years, and my favourite foods are poke bowls and avocado toasts.
Aisha: Qatar has been developing in the past few years. I would like to see more opportunities for the youth.
Aisha: Always believe in yourself and if you feel you need help, ask for help; don’t be shy. Take care of your environment and keep Qatar clean. I do believe everyone can make a huge difference towards sustainability and green living.
Cover image provided by Aisha AlMaadeed
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