KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 27 — The Environmental Management Department within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will celebrate World Environment Day, on June 5, with a fair at Heritage Square, Kingstown.
The fair, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held under the theme “Think. Eat. Save”.
Several environmental issues will be highlighted on that day, including ozone depletion, biodiversity, biosafety, land degradation, chemicals management and climate change.
World Environment Day is an annual event that is designed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
The day is also used to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.
This year’s theme is designed to encourage sustainable consumption by all.
Sustainable consumption is all about “doing more and better with less,” through reducing resource use, degradation and pollution while increasing the quality of life for all, the Ministry of Health said in a release.
There are many possibilities for changing our unsustainable consumption habits while also improving our quality of life, the release said.
In addition to the rally, there will also be two road shows in June:
June 1: travelling from Kingstown to Chateaubelair, making stops in Campden Park, Chauncey, Rillan Hill, Layou, Barrouallie and Chateaubelair
June 15: travelling from Kingstown to Owia, making stops in Sion Hill, Arnos Vale, Calliaqua, Biabou, South Union, Colonaire, Byera, Georgetown, Sandy Bay and Owia.
There will also be appearances on NBC Radio on the Face to Face, Interface, and Views on Issues programmes.
“An invitation is extended to the general public to join us in celebrating World Environment Day and become agents of change as we endeavour to do more with less, which is essential for us to live within the limited resources the planet has to offer,” the release said.