SPEECH: RAMI MASANGO
10 JUNE 2011 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
YOU ARE YOUR ENVIRONMENT! Good day colleagues.
The World Environment Day is a reminder of how grateful we need to be to Mother Nature, which sustains all forms of life. This is the day to focus our thoughts and our energies to make collective efforts towards protecting the environment.
World Environment Day was commemorated last Sunday on 5 June. It is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5–16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and the first World Environment Day was in 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different country with a different theme.
The theme for 2011 is: Forests - Nature At Your Service. Forests cover one third of the earth’s land mass, performing vital functions and services around the world which make our planet alive with possibilities. In fact, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forests play a key role in our battle against climate change, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide. Thousands of activities were organized worldwide, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more. India was this year's global host.
To acknowledge this concept of World Environment Day, one has to understand what is ‘our environment’? In simple terms, the environment is our surroundings or conditions in which we live. That would include a physical element like the physical environment (the built environment around us), and the natural environment, that would generally be the air, water, land, atmosphere, etc.
We are gathered here today not to re-educate us on our environment, but to make this a collaborative effort of sustaining our...
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