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Posted On: 4 June 2008 09:53 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Several Events planned for environmental day

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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With the world celebrating Environment Day tomorrow, many eco-friendly organizations in Qatar have come together to boost environmental awareness among people in Qatar. World Environment Day (WED), celebrated around the globe on June 5 every year, was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. The slogan of WED 2008 is Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy The International Academy for Intercultural Development (IAID) in association with the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), QAPCO, Doha Bank and Faber Castell has already plunged into activities as part of WED. Many companies and offices in Qatar have already started looking towards a green future. WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. This year the celebrations will be hosted in New Zealand. The focus this year will be on solutions and opportunities for countries, companies and communities to de-carbonise their economies and lifestyles. "A small change can make a huge difference. A single man can change the environment by introducing small changes in his habits like switching off lights," said Maya Saikali from Waqif Art Center speaking at an IAID press conference yesterday in the presence of representatives from sponsoring organizations. "Our staff and management are advised to strive to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have been conducting picnics with themes to improve our planet. We also have a planet saver club," said K L Wong, Executive Manager, Doha Bank "We are very much aware about the environmental risks associated with our operations and we fully acknowledge our responsibility towards controlling the impact on the environment," said Jassim Salem Al Malki, Safety and Environmental Manager, QAPCO, during the event. The company has implemented projects to decrease the emission of harmful gases. the peninsula