World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year. WED 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 concrete actions.
The WED theme 2015 is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." This theme is a call for the global community to consume the planet’s resources in a responsible and sustainable manner in order to ensure the well-being of humanity, the environment and the functioning of the economy. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably produce.
Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.
In the local context of the WED celebration for 2015, activities will be organized with the aim of promoting environmental responsibility, sustainable consumption and production, and sustainable lifestyle for the school community, the youth and the general public.
Activities to be organised for World Environment Day 2015
To mark WED 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management in collaboration with other stakeholders is organising a series of activities, the main ones being:
i. Exhibition at Riviere du Rempart Youth Centre from5 June 2015to 10th June 2015. The exhibition will focus on environmental issues such as sustainable consumption and production, solid waste management and recycling, climate change and disaster risk reduction, coastal erosion and management, energy efficiency and water savings and biodiversity; among others. The public will be invited to visit the exhibition and will be sensitised on the importance of living sustainably
ii. Sensitisation of all households within the Republic of Mauritius on good environmental practices for sustainable lifestyles and on the safe management of chemicals through the production and distribution of a booklet ‘Together for A Cleaner, Greener and Safer Mauritius’. This booklet will also be made available to all students of primary and secondary schools.
Other activities planned in the context of WED 2015 include:
i. A message to all primary and secondary school students on the theme of WED 2015 on 5 June 2015;
ii. Launching of the Logo of the Ministry in line with the new vision and mission of the Ministry
iii. Production and distribution of booklets on Sustainable Consumption and Production;
iv. Production and distribution of pamphlets and talks on eco-driving;
v. Radio spots on WED theme
vi. Display of WED message on billboards
vii. Sensitisation of the public on waste minimisation and recycling;
viii. Sensitization and awareness raising to promote use of alternative bags in line with government decision to ban plastic bags as from 1st January 2016;
ix. Tree planting around the Citadel by Rotary Club; and
x. Mangrove propagation at selected sites.