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Cycling for a cleaner environment – MAKE KUWAIT GREAT

Each of us can contribute to making Kuwait a better place for all of us to live. In our daily deeds and actions, we can find – if we choose to look – opportunities for improving Kuwait’s environment. From not littering on the streets, to choosing to be kind and helpful to others, each individual here can have a positive impact on the society as a whole. Kuwait Times wants to know what can you do?

Nedal Casanove

Nedal Casanove is a 41-year-old French national who has lived in Kuwait for 10 years now. He has two main points that he is practicing and thinks may improve live in Kuwait, in addition to other ideas that will significantly improve the environment. He answered to the question of how he can improve this country as following:

“I use the vehicle less and go to work on my bicycle instead. I do this to reduce pollution and decrease traffic. I am trying to spread this among my coworkers. In fact, I use this way of transportation to reach the office even now in the summer, and it only takes me 10 minutes to reach my work place. None of my colleagues use this way of transportation, thus I think if there were real cycling roads in Kuwait, more people will use the bicycle. I think that traffic is one of the worst problems in Kuwait, and if more people used the bicycle, it would definitely improve traffic conditions.

“My second idea is clean eating and I mean consuming organic food especially from local farmers. If we encouraged local farmers through buying their products, this will motivate them to produce more organic products, which is better for our health. This will also improve local economy as we will import less with the increased local supplies which will affect the price in favor of the consumer.

“One of the things I would try to change is the Kuwait road rage and I believe one of the ways would be to build a train or metro network. That would considerably reduce traffic jams which occur every day. Another good side of it would be reducing pollution especially due to old vehicles, as low and middle class workers will not be obliged to drive to commute. Finally, that would most probably decrease the number of accidents by decreasing the number of vehicles and stress on drivers due to traffic.

“The other thing I would do is to push solar electricity production instead of oil burning central which I believe is already in the pipeline but still I would accelerate the process. This will decrease the pollution in Kuwait considerably. Furthermore, for a more sustainable development of the country, I believe the country should change its policy in terms of residency and ownership protectionism for Kuwaiti mothers and long term resident. A big chunk of this population revenue is transferred abroad due to the difficulty to own or to ensure a long-term residency in the country. This would benefit the GDP as well as high qualified population dedicated to Kuwait.”

By Nawara Fattahova

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