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Abu Dhabi's Community Group Initiates Kayaking Cleanups in Mangroves forests

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Founded in June 2022, the Sustainable Community Abu Dhabi, led by Natalia Sobko, has become a beacon of environmental action in the UAE. Originating from a spontaneous beach cleanup on Reem Island, the group has flourished to over 1,300 members united by a shared commitment to sustainability.

Inspired by a kayaking cleanup organized by Emirates Nature – WWF, Natalia Sobko introduced kayaking cleanups to the group's repertoire. This unique approach takes members to Abu Dhabi's mangrove forests, where they navigate waters to collect litter, transcending the conventional cleanup activities. Silvia Cinciripini, a dedicated member residing on Yas Island, highlights the challenges faced, including the discovery of man-made waste like thick carpets and even a car seat.

The commitment of the community extends beyond mere cleanup. Following each session, volunteers meticulously categorize and record collected waste using the Clean Swell and Sahim applications. To date, they have successfully removed over 400kg of harmful debris from Abu Dhabi's waters and landscapes.

Active member Silvia Cinciripini emphasizes the inclusive nature of kayaking cleanups. Beyond organized events, she conducts her own cleanups, expressing the rewarding and satisfying experience of kayaking through Yas Island's stunning mangroves.

The community serves as a platform for like-minded individuals, helping newcomers like Cinciripini connect with others who share a passion for sustainability. The group has evolved beyond cleanups, organizing farm visits, art sessions, green picnics, and other sustainable activities. Sobko, along with co-administrator Katerina Karpova, encourages members to participate in mangrove planting and desert cleanups organized by different entities.

Beyond the environmental impact, the community fosters a sense of belonging and friendship. Cinciripini credits the group for aiding her settlement in the city, acknowledging its role in providing a platform for individuals who share a commitment to sustainability.

Sobko's vision goes beyond cleanups; it aims to instill behavioral change and environmental action, fostering a community dedicated to protecting the mangrove forests and envisioning a future free from litter. The group's motto, "be the change you wish to see in the world," resonates in every cleanup, nature engagement, and sustainable activity they undertake. The Sustainable Community Abu Dhabi stands as a testament to the transformative power of collective environmental action.

(Aside from the headline, DXB News Network staff have not made any edits to this story; it is published from a syndicated feed)

 

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