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Youthful Promise for the Ocean Sealed with 50 Trees Plantation World Oceans Day 2014 Dubai, UAE 7th June 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 09, 2014 --( World Oceans Day is celebrated around the world every June 8th, following the World Environment Day on 5th June. SynergY youth group in Dubai made a promise for the ocean by planting 50 trees at Green Mountain MRF supported by Dubai Municipality at the landfill area in Dubai on 7th June 2014. The Members also took interesting selfies near the ocean to seal their pledge. SynergY youth group has worked on grass-root level projects to raise awareness and fight against food waste which campaigns for reducing landfills. Making use of the Information and Communication Technology this youth group has innovatively used tools like videos, blogs, e-mails and shared the work on the social media to "reduce the food waste." SynergY has raised awareness and environmental education through events, lectures, presentations about reducing waste that is filling the landfills and also planting trees and greening the landfill areas. Nearly 1200 trees have been planted at various landfill and waste management sites in a short span in Dubai and 50 more added.

Simran Vedvyas, the founder of SynergY highlighted that- "We throw away over 1/3 of all food that is produced, wasting precious land and water resources that have gone into its production. Food waste in landfills is one of the biggest contributors of the harmful gases that cause global warming. Warmer temperatures are melting glaciers causing sea levels to rise, threatening small islands and low lying cities around the world. We pose everyone to take pledge and ‘reduce food waste’ because this is the only way to make a difference in lives of our future generation."

Mr. Sadin Ismail Al Falasi, Head of Treatment Systems Unit and other officials from Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality were present at the event to support and encourage the children in their endeavors. He believes that, what this group is doing for the community is remarkable and also complimented Simran for her recent achievements and on receiving the John Muir Award for Youth Environmental Conservation Award and the International 2014 Eco Hero Award by Action for Nature USA, recently.

“We ask everyone to help reduce the 'FOODprint' by managing the meals smartly, storing food, using leftovers, buying imperfect vegetables and encouraging the supermarkets and restaurants to cut their food waste”, is the message disseminated by the members of this group.

The group celebrated the World Environment Day by visiting the exhibition "Your Planet Needs You" by Dubai Municipality at Children City that encourages a scientific look into the future of Dubai should we choose to take care of or ignore our environment. The visit to this exhibition gave a glimpse into Dubai 2050 as to how citizen of Dubai will survive global changes such as resource availability and the climate. The exhibition is an eye-opener into a scientifically designed future of our world, and is recommended for children, teens and families. We thank the CSR support of Al Futtaim Carillion and Barakat Juices.
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