NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Community Outreach organized its fourth Great Nurdle Hunt, which attracted over 250 volunteers in a unique variation of a beach clean-up at the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort.
Organized as part of The Great Nurdle Hunt worldwide initiative, the event seeks to promote awareness of more environmentally conscious behaviors and foster greater environmental stewardship.
Volunteers spent the morning collecting nurdles at the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort beach. They also attended an informative briefing, by NYUAD’s Community Outreach, along with the resort’s Marine and Environment Manager Emily Armstrong, where they were encouraged to start their own nurdle hunts and reduce their plastic consumption, especially single-use plastics.
Speaking after the event, Armstrong said, “we are delighted to be working with NYUAD and be a part of its community outreach program. Having seen the impact that nurdles can have on the marine wildlife on Saadiyat Island first hand, it is important to collect these nurdles and make the community aware of these issues. The fact that we managed to collect nearly 24,000 nurdles today shows that when communities come together, they can really make an impact. It is great to know that everyone here is empowered and will hopefully leave here with a sense of achievement and responsibility for the environment around us.”