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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.

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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.

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4 replies on “World Environment Day to be celebrated with fair in Kingstown”

  1. Why not take a week to stop and talk to the people in the villages and town. Make it a town-hall meeting with questions and answers. Use a little demonstration to show how things are done. Use language people can understand to follow instructions. Speaking language above the heads of people will be a waste of precious time and money. This is an opportunity to get people to take a serious look at saving the environment.

  2. There is tanker load after tanker load of raw untreated sewage pumped into the sea at a section of Diamond.

    Hundred of car batteries, still full of sulphuric acid, are being buried every week at the Diamond land fill. Under the NDP government this never ever happened.

    A car crushing plant at Diamond that is causing a huge oil pollution in the surrounding soil, no one gives a damn.

    Who cares about the governments rape of Diamond beach? who cares about the burning of tyres at Rabaca by police and state employees? creating a thousand fold pollution to what they falsely accused Bigger Biggs of, the people allow this regime to cause cancerous pollution to attack our children, our future generation.

    This government is a great inflictor of rape, rape of nature wherever and whenever they can. The Taiwanese are great polluters at Rabaca, with oil and diesel spillage from their plant and machinery, many times worse than Biggs ever did.

  3. The government are removing up to 60 big truck loads of sand, and that’s just from Diamond beach and dunes.

    They have no real regard the World environment, or for peoples property whatsoever. The floods that wiped out many homes in Georgetown a couple of years ago was caused by the government diverting the Rabaca river to make sure that the Rabaca bridge was not damaged. They sent the problem to Georgetown via the Grand Sable River and others streams and rivulets, whilst the dry river remained almost dry during the flooding.

    They need the Rabaca bridge preserved, not so as residents north of the river could pass, but because the government ‘Rabaca stuff’ [an volcanic aggregate use for making concrete and block making] mining is on the North side of the river, and they did not want any stop put to that. In both cases Rabaca and Diamond, they are earning huge amounts in cash money, where that goes I have not investigated. But it runs into millions of dollars a year, much in cash.

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