New Delhi, June 5: Every year June 5 celebrated as ‘World Environment Day’ and this year the theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the real sentiment behind World Environment Day should not be restricted to a single day, but must pervade every moment of the day, till the World Environment Day next year.
Addressing the event on the eve of World Environment Day at New Delhi on Sunday Dr. Harsh Vardhan stressed the need to create positive energy and awakening among the people of the country. He advised people to use public transport more than private vehicles, try to use cycle, reduce the use of air-conditioners and work towards realize the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Swacchh Bharat and cleanliness.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan appealed to the people to use water with care and in proper amount. He intended that Ministry officials must start water conservation in the right earnest in the Environment Ministry itself. He added that that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change should not work only as a regulator, but more like a facilitator in a true sense.
Ministry speaking at the event highlighted that youth programmes such as ‘Jigyasa’, which is to be launched soon. In this youth programmes Kendriya Vidyalaya students are taken to CSIR laboratories, should be replicated in the field of environment also.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan asked Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate (MoEFCC) Change to work together in the field of waste management be it solid waste, plastic waste, or E-waste and in creating waste to wealth and waste to energy. “Similarly, Ministry of Human Resource Development and MoEFCC can work together to rope in students and harness their strength in spreading messages of positive health and messages for environment protection in the society”, added Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The Environment Minister requested NGOs, professionals, teachers and students to make environmental protection, nature and biodiversity conservation a strong social movement. He pointed out that children and environmental volunteers must be awarded in a much bigger way next year.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the worship of nature and its protection is in our DNA and said that our ancestors gave us clean rivers, clean air, rich forests, teachings and wisdom on nature and environment.
Attending the event, Ajay Narayan Jha, MoEFCC Secretary said that there is a need to spread environmental awareness among all sections of the society. Jha added that protection of environment is an article of faith. The Secretary referred to some key initiatives of the Environment Ministry including Science Express train, which has provided a good opportunity to introduce discussion and dialogue throughout the country.
Ajay Narayan Jha also mentioned National Green Corps, one of the largest conservation network and National Nature Camping movement to foster a spirit of adventure and love for nature among the youth.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is also celebrating World Environment Day at Dehradun today. Whereas, Kerala government will launch massive tree planting exercise today.
Many of the Departments tweeted giving messages:
World Environment Day celebrated across the globe on June 5 every year. It is a collective call for preserving and conserving nature and environment. The day reminds us of our responsibility towards sustainable use of resources. It is celebrated every year to raise global awareness for taking positive environmental action. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.
The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973 at Stockholm. Since then it is hosted every year by a different city with a unique theme. This year, it is being hosted by Canada, and the theme for the year is ‘Connecting People to Nature’.
Over the years, World Environment Day has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders all over the world. It also serves as the ‘People’s Day’ for taking positive action for the environment.
The onus is on each and everybody to take actions in their daily lives that will help them minimize those activities that contribute to harming nature and enhance those that make the planet a better place. India is deeply committed to ‘protecting’ as well as ‘greening’ the environment. The goal is for this growth to be ‘inclusive’ and as ‘green’ as possible.