The World Environment day is one occasion that compels the busiest of brains working in all other directions to focus their energies on environment. This year was no exception; in fact, this time we witnessed lot more compassion and bigger resolutions taken by state governments around the world.
The United Nations (UN) urged each one of the seven billion human beings around the world to actively participate in making the earth a better place. UN marked this year’s theme on this day with the slogan “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”
Here are highlights from some of the countries that tried to inspire citizens around the world to think the green way:
South Africa: Every year, the United Nations encourages different countries to officially celebrate the World Environment Day, and this year it is South Africa. The celebrations took place in Kimberley. South Africa is rich in natural surroundings-especially wildlife-and shall play a big role in inspiring others around the world to compete with the country’s environmental standards.
England: Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd visited the Thames Barrier, a key structure that is doing its bit to protect the environment from the impact of climate change. The Thames barrier is situated in London, and comprises of strong steel gates to protect the city from storms and other water-based disaster.
India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted tree saplings and tweeted his efforts to create awareness among a highly social-media-active audience. It is to be noted that India is the world’s second most populated country, and 13 out of the world’s top 20 polluted cities are in India. People must look up to India’s natural heritage and ecological diversity in time to bring about some semblance to the situation.
Australia: The very independent and nature loving land down under will surely not be left behind on such a significant day for the environment. Around 2500 school students will take a nature ride through Adelaide Botanic Gardens. A great initiative, considering the importance of the future generation in shaping the world.
The Pacific: The first parts of the world that wake to this day will mark it by cleaning up beaches along Honiara shoreline in Solomon islands. The coming week will also witness the islands celebrate World Oceans Day and Coral Triangle Day.
Mail and Guardian Africa released an article containing a number of success stories compiled by Samantha Spooner, that highlights environmental achievements throughout various parts of Africa, including contributions by people of African origin. Read the full story here: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-06-02-world-environment-day-success-stories-from-africa/