Note: World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Ganeshpuri, India— On June 5, the people of Ganeshpuri celebrated World Environment Dayepresentatives from PRASAD Chikitsa, and from local schools and youth groups.
At the Primary School of Ganeshpuri, enthusiastic children created drawings and Rangoli to express how trees benefit both people and the environment. Older children and young adults competed in writing essays and creating paintings and Rangoli images with environmental themes.
There were proud winners, but the main goal of the competitions was to encourage everyone in the community to protect the environment.
PRASAD representatives and other organizers shared their thoughts about how each of us can help to protect and restore the environment:
- “We need to protect the environment by using eco-friendly methods like avoiding the use of plastic and putting plastic wrappers in the dustbin.”
- “Each person should plant, and care for, two trees every year.”
- “In our daily life we can reuse water, reduce use of electricity and vehicles and use less plastic.”
At the end of the day, “Every one returned home with renewed awareness of protecting of the environment,” said Milind Nargun, PRASAD Chikitsa’s Operations Manager.
Note: Through World Environment Day, we are able to give a human face to environmental issues and enable people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.