World Environment Day, June 5, observed around the globe
World Environment Day is being obseved today, June 5, around the Globe with the theme 'Your Planet Needs you. United to combat climate change'.
The world is facing serious challenges to its survival due to climate change and that is why the theme was decided upon for this year.
In Kenya, celebrations were held in the eastern part of the country.
In Kenya, the national celebrations were held in Mwingi district, a semi arid area in Kenya's Eastern Province.
The events were spearheaded by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) the United National Environment Programm UNEP as well as other government agencies.
Speaking to KBC, Nema's Deputy Director in charge of Environment, Education and Public Information Betty Nzioka said Mwingi was selected because the region is among those areas in the country that have experienced severe effects of climate change, and subsequently affecting food productivity and livelihoods.
"Seasons have failed, and so it has had the most the most rapid change. We felt that as we celebrate, we need to be in a place which is actually affected so that we can encourage residents to take action," said Nzioka
Residents of New Delhi celebrated the day by gathering together and urging other nations and their own residents to take reponsibility for their planet and adapt to the changing climate.
At a conference in Taipei, speakers talked about more public participation needed to solve environment challenges that are facing everyone worldwide.
“Previously, mistakes and failures by human societies were limited — in both space and time — in the damage they could achieve,” said Brendan Mackey, chairman of Earth Charter Initiative’s (ECI) International Education Advisory Committee.
In Nepal week-long programs were held in and around Kathmandu to mark the day, and a program of speakers was organized.
Speaking at a program organized by the Environment Ministry in Kathmandu, Nepali Constituent Assembly (CA) chairman Subash Nemwang pointed out the vulnerability that Himalayan nations bear. "We are experiencing the consequences of global warming in our country," added Nemwang.
Even the Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa, who climbed Mt. Qomolangma for the 19th time on May 21st remarked how as he approached the summit, there was less snow and many more black rocks.
At the centre of the day, at the conference in Mexico, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said:
"Tens of billions of dollars are being earmarked for carbon capture and storage at power stations with the CO2 to be buried underground or under the sea."
"But perhaps the international community is overlooking a tried and tested method that has been working for millennia, the biosphere," he said. "By some estimates the Earth's living systems might be capable of sequestering more than 50 gigatonnes of carbon over the coming decades with the right market signals."
He called for investments to be increased in conservation, rehabilitation and management of forests to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stop carbon dioxide from being released in to the atmosphere.
The events of today in Mexico are focused on reaching a deal at the climate convention in Copenhagen later this year, which will see many nations come together to work on a united front on emissions control and energy consumption.
To coincide with World Environment Day, director Yann Arthus-Bertrand and producer Luc Besson have released a documentary 'Home' to be released on YouTube, DVD, in theatres and on television, all at the same time.
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