MENA cleans up its act on Earth Day with nine green activities

Published April 21st, 2015 - 10:19 GMT

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Earth Day is officially middle-aged this year. While the earth is ageing, the 45-year-old worldwide environmental movement shows no signs of slowing down! More than one billion people from 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day 2015. How are you using YOUR power to change climate change, reverse pollution, and steer the planet towards a more sustainable future?

Scientists warn that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening planetary survival. Don’t buy the larger global warming debate? So maybe look instead at other aspects of our modern lifestyle that need immediate intervention, particularly here in the water-parched, energy-unstable, and increasingly desertified Middle East.  Continue reading below »

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First to celebrate Earth Day this year is Jeddah. On Tuesday, the Saudi city will set up 20 tents stretching over 5000 sqm, each dedicated to a different cause such as recycling and water conservation. Meanwhile, 200 volunteer divers will cultivate corals as part of a coral reef restoration initiative. More details available on their Facebook page.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9First to celebrate Earth Day this year is Jeddah. On Tuesday, the Saudi city will set up 20 tents stretching over 5000 sqm, each dedicated to a different cause such as recycling and water conservation. Meanwhile, 200 volunteer divers will cultivate corals as part of a coral reef restoration initiative. More details available on their Facebook page.

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Morocco celebrates Earth Day 2015 with an array of localized events including urban mural projects, guerrilla-gardening activities, educational programs in schools and competitions in creative writing and painting. (The winning artwork shown here is courtesy of EdlinksMorocco Khalil Facebook page, part of Moroccans Without Borders).
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Morocco celebrates Earth Day 2015 with an array of localized events including urban mural projects, guerrilla-gardening activities, educational programs in schools and competitions in creative writing and painting. (The winning artwork shown here is courtesy of EdlinksMorocco Khalil Facebook page, part of Moroccans Without Borders).

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Iraq’s oddly-named NGO, Iraqi Greenish Peace, conducts projects with schoolchildren throughout the country, in cooperation with international NGOs. Through educational programs (increasingly challenging given national instability) they replace water-intensive school flower gardens with 100s of olive trees. Support them via their Facebook page.
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Iraq’s oddly-named NGO, Iraqi Greenish Peace, conducts projects with schoolchildren throughout the country, in cooperation with international NGOs. Through educational programs (increasingly challenging given national instability) they replace water-intensive school flower gardens with 100s of olive trees. Support them via their Facebook page.

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In Amman, the Children’s Museum of Jordan is celebrating Earth throughout April (renamed “Earth month”) with a wide roster of programs that encourage children to explore the beauty and importance of the planet by discovering a variety of ecosystems, learning about what inhabits them and how they create balance in our world.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9In Amman, the Children’s Museum of Jordan is celebrating Earth throughout April (renamed “Earth month”) with a wide roster of programs that encourage children to explore the beauty and importance of the planet by discovering a variety of ecosystems, learning about what inhabits them and how they create balance in our world.

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The UAE goes big for Earth Day! Dubai authorities and Accor Hotels are partnering with youth advocacy group SynergY to educate citizens, especially students, via eco-workshops and “mini- educational academies.” Hundreds of trees will be planted, and waste giant Bee’ah is expected to host its annual Sharjah walkathon.
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9The UAE goes big for Earth Day! Dubai authorities and Accor Hotels are partnering with youth advocacy group SynergY to educate citizens, especially students, via eco-workshops and “mini- educational academies.” Hundreds of trees will be planted, and waste giant Bee’ah is expected to host its annual Sharjah walkathon.

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Lebanon’s Beirut Arab University is celebrating Earth Day with a lecture on the 'Green Economy' by Elie Abou Sleiman, Economic and Environmental Adviser. The event - open to everyone - will take place on 22 April at 1 PM. Sleiman is also business manager at Green Insight, LTD a consultant in the environmental field.
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9Lebanon’s Beirut Arab University is celebrating Earth Day with a lecture on the "Green Economy" by Elie Abou Sleiman, Economic and Environmental Adviser. The event - open to everyone - will take place on 22 April at 1 PM. Sleiman is also business manager at Green Insight, LTD a consultant in the environmental field.

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Looking for adventure? Try geocaching, the 21st Century way to play ”hide and seek.” Plug your location into your handheld and set off to find goodies buried by invisible players. Saudi earth-huggers are combining it with clean-up of once-explorable Heet Cave - BBQ afterwards! Find out more about “cache in/trash out” at www.geocaching.com.
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Looking for adventure? Try geocaching, the 21st Century way to play ”hide and seek.” Plug your location into your handheld and set off to find goodies buried by invisible players. Saudi earth-huggers are combining it with clean-up of once-explorable Heet Cave - BBQ afterwards! Find out more about “cache in/trash out” at www.geocaching.com.

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Red Sea Diving Safari staff and guests will hold an underwater and upland clean-up along Egypt’s southern Red Sea, removing sunken boat debris and helping the Red Sea Rangers in coral rehabilitation. Want to dive in? Get details here http://www.projectaware.org/action/earth-day-2015-underwater-clean-marsa-nakari.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9Red Sea Diving Safari staff and guests will hold an underwater and upland clean-up along Egypt’s southern Red Sea, removing sunken boat debris and helping the Red Sea Rangers in coral rehabilitation. Want to dive in? Get details here http://www.projectaware.org/action/earth-day-2015-underwater-clean-marsa-nakari.

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Green innovators and trailblazers around the world will be linking into an Istanbul-based internet conference this week for the 3rd biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit. Stay at your desk and share ideas and successes in “vegitecture” (greening the planet with building-integrated plants). Learn more at www.greenroofs.com.
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9Green innovators and trailblazers around the world will be linking into an Istanbul-based internet conference this week for the 3rd biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit. Stay at your desk and share ideas and successes in “vegitecture” (greening the planet with building-integrated plants). Learn more at www.greenroofs.com.

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First to celebrate Earth Day this year is Jeddah. On Tuesday, the Saudi city will set up 20 tents stretching over 5000 sqm, each dedicated to a different cause such as recycling and water conservation. Meanwhile, 200 volunteer divers will cultivate corals as part of a coral reef restoration initiative. More details available on their Facebook page.

Image 1 of 9First to celebrate Earth Day this year is Jeddah. On Tuesday, the Saudi city will set up 20 tents stretching over 5000 sqm, each dedicated to a different cause such as recycling and water conservation. Meanwhile, 200 volunteer divers will cultivate corals as part of a coral reef restoration initiative. More details available on their Facebook page.

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Morocco celebrates Earth Day 2015 with an array of localized events including urban mural projects, guerrilla-gardening activities, educational programs in schools and competitions in creative writing and painting. (The winning artwork shown here is courtesy of EdlinksMorocco Khalil Facebook page, part of Moroccans Without Borders).

Image 2 of 9Morocco celebrates Earth Day 2015 with an array of localized events including urban mural projects, guerrilla-gardening activities, educational programs in schools and competitions in creative writing and painting. (The winning artwork shown here is courtesy of EdlinksMorocco Khalil Facebook page, part of Moroccans Without Borders).

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Iraq’s oddly-named NGO, Iraqi Greenish Peace, conducts projects with schoolchildren throughout the country, in cooperation with international NGOs. Through educational programs (increasingly challenging given national instability) they replace water-intensive school flower gardens with 100s of olive trees. Support them via their Facebook page.

Image 3 of 9Iraq’s oddly-named NGO, Iraqi Greenish Peace, conducts projects with schoolchildren throughout the country, in cooperation with international NGOs. Through educational programs (increasingly challenging given national instability) they replace water-intensive school flower gardens with 100s of olive trees. Support them via their Facebook page.

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In Amman, the Children’s Museum of Jordan is celebrating Earth throughout April (renamed “Earth month”) with a wide roster of programs that encourage children to explore the beauty and importance of the planet by discovering a variety of ecosystems, learning about what inhabits them and how they create balance in our world.

Image 4 of 9In Amman, the Children’s Museum of Jordan is celebrating Earth throughout April (renamed “Earth month”) with a wide roster of programs that encourage children to explore the beauty and importance of the planet by discovering a variety of ecosystems, learning about what inhabits them and how they create balance in our world.

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The UAE goes big for Earth Day! Dubai authorities and Accor Hotels are partnering with youth advocacy group SynergY to educate citizens, especially students, via eco-workshops and “mini- educational academies.” Hundreds of trees will be planted, and waste giant Bee’ah is expected to host its annual Sharjah walkathon.

Image 5 of 9The UAE goes big for Earth Day! Dubai authorities and Accor Hotels are partnering with youth advocacy group SynergY to educate citizens, especially students, via eco-workshops and “mini- educational academies.” Hundreds of trees will be planted, and waste giant Bee’ah is expected to host its annual Sharjah walkathon.

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Lebanon’s Beirut Arab University is celebrating Earth Day with a lecture on the 'Green Economy' by Elie Abou Sleiman, Economic and Environmental Adviser. The event - open to everyone - will take place on 22 April at 1 PM. Sleiman is also business manager at Green Insight, LTD a consultant in the environmental field.

Image 6 of 9Lebanon’s Beirut Arab University is celebrating Earth Day with a lecture on the "Green Economy" by Elie Abou Sleiman, Economic and Environmental Adviser. The event - open to everyone - will take place on 22 April at 1 PM. Sleiman is also business manager at Green Insight, LTD a consultant in the environmental field.

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Looking for adventure? Try geocaching, the 21st Century way to play ”hide and seek.” Plug your location into your handheld and set off to find goodies buried by invisible players. Saudi earth-huggers are combining it with clean-up of once-explorable Heet Cave - BBQ afterwards! Find out more about “cache in/trash out” at www.geocaching.com.

Image 7 of 9Looking for adventure? Try geocaching, the 21st Century way to play ”hide and seek.” Plug your location into your handheld and set off to find goodies buried by invisible players. Saudi earth-huggers are combining it with clean-up of once-explorable Heet Cave - BBQ afterwards! Find out more about “cache in/trash out” at www.geocaching.com.

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Red Sea Diving Safari staff and guests will hold an underwater and upland clean-up along Egypt’s southern Red Sea, removing sunken boat debris and helping the Red Sea Rangers in coral rehabilitation. Want to dive in? Get details here http://www.projectaware.org/action/earth-day-2015-underwater-clean-marsa-nakari.

Image 8 of 9Red Sea Diving Safari staff and guests will hold an underwater and upland clean-up along Egypt’s southern Red Sea, removing sunken boat debris and helping the Red Sea Rangers in coral rehabilitation. Want to dive in? Get details here http://www.projectaware.org/action/earth-day-2015-underwater-clean-marsa-nakari.

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Green innovators and trailblazers around the world will be linking into an Istanbul-based internet conference this week for the 3rd biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit. Stay at your desk and share ideas and successes in “vegitecture” (greening the planet with building-integrated plants). Learn more at www.greenroofs.com.

Image 9 of 9Green innovators and trailblazers around the world will be linking into an Istanbul-based internet conference this week for the 3rd biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit. Stay at your desk and share ideas and successes in “vegitecture” (greening the planet with building-integrated plants). Learn more at www.greenroofs.com.

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And don’t get us started on plastic pollution! You encounter it in all of our cities and - more shockingly - in magnificent MENA eco-touristic destinations from Egypt’s Red Sea dive sites to Oman’s awe-inspiring caves. Jordan’s Petra is plastered in plastic bags, and even the magnificent nighttime stars in Wadi Rum can’t distract from discarded trash left along its sandy expanses.

Our planet is worth saving. Now is our moment to act. Here are some of the Earth Day activities happening with our neighbors, so seek out what’s happening in your zip code and join in, because the power (and responsibility!) to change the world is with everyone.

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