On the 26th of Feb 2016, 29 volunteers consisting of Bridgestone Middle East and Africa employees and their family members participated in the employee volunteer activity– Umm Al Quwain Mangrove, UAE,Exploration & Clean up.
This activity was organized in partnership with Emirates Wildlife Society to give the participants an opportunity to contribute to the sustainability of the environment and create awareness about ecological preservation & sustainability.
The Eco tour began with a lovely house boat trip to visit to the beautiful UAQ Mangrove Islands. The Houseboat upper deck provided gorgeous views of the mangrove islands and the flamingos frequenting the shores. Once on the islands the volunteers had an opportunity to understand the significance of mangroves to the region and the importance of its conservation. The employees learnt how mangroves protect shorelines from floods, waves and damaging winds and the crucial role they play in maintaining water quality and clarity, providing a habitat for living creatures under and above water.
The eco trip ended with the cleanup activity of the mangrove area. The enthusiastic efforts of all volunteers resulted in cleaning up garbage of approximately 130kgs!
The activity achieved its objectives of educating and creating awareness about the environment as well as showcased how team work and concern about the environment can make a huge difference!