World Environment Day: Cleaner greener and safer Mauritius
The World Environment Day is being celebrated today to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment with the United Nations Environment Programme’s theme for 2015 being “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”(Image: Updates Nation)
This 5 June 2015 commemorates the World Environment Day (WED), an opportunity for everyone to realise their responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. The theme chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme for WED 2015 is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”
The report from United Nation indicates that, as the financial and environmental costs of resource depletion begin to affect economic growth worldwide, countries need to find ways to manage finite resources while meeting the needs of a growing and increasingly urban world population.
By integrating sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns into national development planning and implementation, policy makers can make it easier and cheaper to produce goods and services more efficiently, with lower risks to humankind and the environment.
Recent research shows that improved efficiency can reduce energy demand by 50% to 80% for most production and utility systems where some 60% to 80% improvements in energy and water efficiency are commercially viable in sectors such as construction, agriculture, hospitality, industry and transport.
UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, said, “The last century has witnessed a rapid transformation of our relationship with the natural world, with the escalating use of natural resources leading to environmental degradation. We are now operating at about 40 per cent above the earth’s budget. If world population and consumption rates continue according to business as usual, annual global resource extraction could triple from 2000 levels to 140 billion tons by 2050.”
In Mauritius, a series of activities will be organised to mark WED in Mauritius. The Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management, in collaboration with other stakeholders, will organise an exhibition at the Youth Centre of Rivière du Rempart on the following topics: sustainable consumption and production, solid waste management and recycling, climate change and disaster risk reduction, coastal erosion and management, energy efficiency and water savings and biodiversity.
Moreover, an island-wide programme “Embellir Maurice” has been launched to foster a cleaner, greener and safer Mauritius. Sensitisation campaigns on good environmental practices for sustainable lifestyles and the safe management of chemicals will also be organised.
It is recalled that WED is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment, galvanising individual actions into collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.