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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016

Submitted by: Abhinav Singla
The Clean Up Sharjah Campaign

Singla Abhinav is a student who has been working passionately for the environment since the age of 12. After attending a clean up event in November 2014 which took place in a location where there was nothing to clean, he decided to initiate his own campaign in places which actually require a clean up. The initiative was started informally without any budget. It was advertised on social media and also spread through talks in his school. This campaign which addresses the issue of land pollution is the first ever student initiated campaign in the United Arab Emirates. Its targets include recycling large amounts of recyclables, making Sharjah a healthier place for everyone and spreading environmental awareness. The first event of the campaign was the Clean Up Walkathon which was held on 2nd January 2015 in 4 different areas of Sharjah. Over 100 volunteers of all age groups ranging from small children to adults actively took part in keeping the city clean. The volunteers assembled in the 4 areas and walked towards the common meeting point cleaning all the way long. The second event which took place at Al Nahda and Al Tawoon on 9th January 2015 was titled “Pick And Walk”. Around 80 volunteers took part and a large amount of waste was collected. More than half of the volunteers were under the age of 13. The third event of this kind took place in the Sharjah Heritage area on 10th January 2015 and the last at Al Khan Beach on 30th January 2015 which enjoyed a support of around 90 volunteers. A street play was organized in order to spread environmental awareness. After the first round of clean up events, the second round was launched in October 2015, with hundreds of people taking part collecting over 2 tons of waste on only one day. More clean up events were to come and other activities were introduced like the planting of more than 100 trees.

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In 2014, a clean up event took place in a location where there was nothing to clean. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the United Arab Emirates started the first ever student initiated campaign in the United Arab Emirates, in places which actually require cleaning. The Clean Up Sharjah Campaign encouraged hundreds of volunteers to clean up the city, collect and recycle waste and to plant trees. Congratulations to your initiative!