World Environment Day
Good morning my dear friends and respected teachers. I hope all of you know today is World Environment Day. So, that our school has kept this program. Today I am going to deliver a short speech on World Environment Day.
It gives me great pleasure to address you on this World Environment Day 2011. World Environment Day is commemorated worldwide each year under the direction of the United Nations to heighten public awareness of the environment. In recent times, the need to promote more earth friendly practices in order to maintain the health of our planet has come to the forefront, as world nations struggle to reverse the present trend of climate change. The World Environment Day is a reminder to show our gratefulness 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. This is an urgent appeal to each one of us to recognize the significance of “Elixir of Life” and the role each one of us can play to conserve it. India has rich traditional knowledge and wisdom in the conservation of nature and natural resources. Religious beliefs, culture and folklore have together treated nature and environment with sanctity. Conservation and protection of environment and love for nature have always been part and parcel of Indian ethos and culture. Thank you all. Have a nice day.
It gives me great pleasure to address you on this World Environment Day 2008. World Environment Day is commemorated worldwide each year under the direction of the United Nations to heighten public awareness of the environment. The United Nations has chosen to focus its efforts on bringing increased awareness of the effects of global warming, with the theme; “Kick the Habit Towards a Low Carbon Economy”. In recent times, the need to promote more earth friendly practices in order to maintain the health of our planet has come to the forefront, as world nations struggle to reverse the present trend of climate change. In the Virgin Islands, World Environment Day also commemorates the beginning of Environment Month. Spearheaded by the Conservation & Fisheries Department activities will be carried out throughout this month to foster an appreciation of the natural environment within our territory. The Department has chosen to celebrate environment month this year with the theme, “Protect the Environment, Safeguard our Future”. Activities have been geared towards encouraging practices that reduce carbon emissions. Research has found carbon emissions to be the major contributor to global warming. The year 2008 has also been declared as the International Year of the Reef. Environment month and the remainder of this year will also bring awareness of the importance of our coral reefs. Coral reefs are also affected by climate change, and are already showing adverse reactions to increased water temperatures. In addition to activities organized by the Department, other organizations are encouraged to carry out activities this month to demonstrate their dedication to the preservation of the natural environment. The environment is shared by us all. Despite our small size here in the Virgin Islands we must do our part both individually and collectively to ensure the sustainability of our planet. The Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour and the Conservation & Fisheries Department continue in their efforts to fulfil their mandate to manage the natural environment. Fortunately we have not had to go it alone. A number of other Government Ministries and Departments as well as private organizations and members of our community, continue to step forward to make their contribution towards the preservation of our natural environment.
Last year the summer programme planned and organized by the Conservation & Fisheries Department, BVI National Parks Trust and in recent years, the BVI Tourist Board was...