The world is currently in the middle of a climate emergency, and while older generations are seemingly taking an apathetic stance on the matter, nearly two-thirds (65%) of young people in the UAE want to take action to protect the environment.
To mark Arab Enviroment Day, Emirates Nature–WWF has partnered with the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) to launch Connect With Nature, a programme that encourages a new generation of people to discover the natural wonders of the UAE while building the leadership skills necessary for young people to become future sustainability leaders.
Connect With Nature aims to reach and inspire 500,000 young adults, through digital and physical experiences, and plans to raise awareness and knowledge.
Speaking about the initiative, Director General of Emirates Nature-WWF, Laila Mostafa Abdullatif said: “Young people are the change makers and future leaders of sustainability, so it is important that we find ways for youth to connect with nature and nurture their desire to make a positive impact in the UAE. The team at Connect with Nature has created a brand new app and a packed new season of exciting, inspiring and fun events to do just this. This programme has been created for youth, by youth and will adapt to the changing needs of young people, to drive environmental sustainability in a fun and engaging way.”
In addition to organised activities, people can also use the Connect With Nature app to get out and about in nature, with a selection of self-guided challenges. The app has highlighted some of the most awe-inspiring spots across the UAE, with geo-locations providing information about the wildlife and environment.
These include, Nature After Dark (24th October and 14th November) in Abu Dhabi at the National Mangrove Park, where participants can explore nature under the moonlight by floating along the water, listen to the sounds of nature and discover the wildlife that inhabits the mangroves and how people can do more to protect this precious ecosystem.
Or if something more physical floats your boat, guided runs are taking place at Al Qudra Lakes East (Wednesday 30th October), Sustainable City (Wednesday 6th November) and Zabeel park (Wednesday 13th November) as part of the programme's Wild Workouts.
The best bit (apart from the feel-good factor afterwards)? They're all free.
For more information or to sign-up to upcoming activities and events visit connectwithnature.ae