The Al Nowais family consists of five people: Our three children (Ali, 6, Hasan, 5, and our youngest, Fatima, 2), my husband Mohamed and myself, Boudour.
Mohamed is an accountant manager at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. As for myself, I am a work as a graphics designer for Al Ittihad newspaper. We live in Abu Dhabi in a nice three-bedroom villa with small garden.
When I first read about the 360º Energy Diet Challenge, I felt very interested and decided to take the next step and see what the rest of my family would feel. As I discussed this challenge with my family, they all became excited and wanted to participate. My husband and I see this as a very important message that should be sent out to the people.
Also, being UAE nationals we hope to reach out to the other nationals and make them follow. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to do something to help take care of the environment; with this challenge I get the opportunity to make a change and also teach my children the importance of the environment.
You always want the best for your children: their health, good education, well being, and environment. We are currently living in a country where people are not aware how much we are hurting our environment. By entering this challenge I want to raise awareness to our generation and my children’s generation on how to make our world decarbonized.
We are so fortunate to have everything, and we are blessed to have such a great country, so why don’t we think to make it even better and start taking care of it like it does take care of us? I do not have much knowledge on the environment, but I am hungry for more information on how to keep our world healthy and safe for all the generations to come.
I do not know how these 12 weeks are going to be, but I hope to start strong and end even stronger. A few things that I will start at home are things like:
• When it comes to my children, they love their toys. I hope to be able to choose their toys more wisely and purchase less plastic or electrically charged devices and instead buy toys where they actually have to use their own energy.
• Using rechargeable batteries
• Reuse plastic bags, newspapers and plastic bottles. My children have art classes where they are asked to bring in these materials so that they can reuse them. Also, because the UAE doesn’t have an organized recycling system I would like to make the best of the material I bring into my own home.
• I would also like to organize my garbage, getting rid of the garbage, plastics, cans, and waste.
• We currently have three cars at home that consume more petrol than necessary. I would like to do more carpooling and try and use less petrol.
• Using energy-saving lights in the house and outside.
• Using the washing machine for 15 minutes washing cycles, as well as using the dishwasher on the economic option to use less water in a certain time.
I believe this is a learning journey, and there are so many things I have to consider, like our weather, our house, cars and disposing of the garbage — after all, it is a challenge. I am taking my family through a journey I am sure they will never forget.