Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, has emphasised that for the past five decades, the UAE has placed environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources at the heart of its development strategy and made distinctive contributions to international efforts to tackle climate change.

In her statement on the occasion of World Environment Day, Almheiri said, “In building a better future for us, our children, and the next generations, we must fully recognise that we only have one Earth, one planet. If we fail to protect it today, we will not have a sustainable future tomorrow. 

Due to the future-oriented vision of its wise leadership, the UAE presents a leading example of environmental commitment and climate action. On World Environment Day 2022, observed on June 5 under the theme ‘Only One Earth’, we celebrate our long track record of local and global wins against challenges that threaten our planet’s health.”

The bottom line is that no matter how many initiatives the government rolls out, if unsustainable behaviours continue on a large scale, our efforts will be in vain. Let’s all be part of Earth’s life support system so that our planet can thrive once again, she concluded.