Environment · Environmental health · Pollution

Abu Dhabi’s Paper Boy


Abdul Muqeet is a young boy living in Abu Dhabi and dreaming of being a football (soccer in the US) player. However, since he was 8 years old his passion has been the environment.

In 2010, the school young Mr. Muqeet attended held a “No Plastic Day”. When he returned home, he asked his mom why he should not use plastic. After her mom provided some facts, young Mr. Muqeet decided to do something. So, since then, young Mr. Muqeet has been making paper shopping bags out of discarded newspapers which he has been distributing to local stores for customers to use. He’s now made thousands of paperbags that local shoppers are using, helping to minimize the use of plastic bags and repurposing newspapers.

Here is a link to a video of young Mr. Muqeet.

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According to various studies, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating for every square mile of ocean, each of which take 1,000 years to degrade. In the meantime, plastic discards are killing millions of avian and marine life.

Here’s a humorous and short video about the plastic bag and a link to the disastrous effects of plastic on our environment.

Here’s a Tedtalk on a different point of view.

From this 4-legged point of view, it’s neither paper nor plastic, but rather bringing your own bags when you go shopping. It’s also about minimizing 2-leggeds’ carbon footprint. What’s “hurting” the environment, and hence endangering the survival of the 2-leggeds, is overconsumption of products in the belief that they will make you happy when, in fact, study after study has shown that it is experiences that make you happy. If this 2-legged could give some advice it would be for 2-leggeds to go out and smell the roses instead of the foul air of the mall; to remember to bring their own coffee mugs to their coffee shop or ask for a ceramic mug instead of drinking out of a single-use cup (whether recyclable or not); and for the sake of your survival to stop buying single-use water bottles which usually holds water that is no better than your tap water (both are full of toxic chemicals by the way). Remember that even if you throw it in a garbage can, it’s still on the planet…this is a closed ecosystem whether it ends in a landfill, the ocean or your neighborhood. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s “gone.”


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