Overwhelming support for Green Walk
- to raise awareness on environmental preservation
A massive Green Walk was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources yesterday as the first event to mark the observance of World Earth Day under the theme: Green Economy: Does it include you?
The Green Walk commenced at the Umana Yana and concluded at the National Park Tarmac where a cultural programme, presentation of trophies for various categories of participants and remarks by His Excellency, President Donald Ramotar and the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Hon. Robert M. Persaud took place.
President Ramotar stated that there is greater consciousness of protecting the global environment as well as the need for a green economy to manage man’s relationship with nature.
He added that there are environment and nature laws which must be followed or there will be dire consequences.
As such the government will continue to pursue a green economy through renewable energy to reduce pollution for a better Guyana and ultimately a better world.
Further, the Guyanese leader challenged several government ministries and other concerned stakeholders to play an integral role to improve the environment by enhancing the streets, villages and towns. He added that there is a need to educate children and people to be environment conscious for a better place for all.
Meanwhile, Minister Persaud pointed out that the President’s vision of creating the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is an indication of government’s strong commitment towards the integrated management of our natural resources towards a green economy. He also welcomed the massive response from participants, especially students, government agencies and other concerned stakeholders.
“Our ultimate goal is to transcend the current unsustainable way of doing business, and take Guyana along a green, low carbon, and climate resilient pathway to development,” said Persaud.
He further expounded that one major area of focus for the Ministry is increased public engagement and awareness on environmental issues, as a means of facilitating behavioural change within the broader society.
Participants were judged in four categories: The Largest Contingent -1st prize went to Graham’s Hall Primary, 2nd prize to Marian Academy and 3rd price to the Guyana Police Force; Uniformity- 1st prize went to Graham’s Hall Primary, 2nd prize to the Guyana Forestry Commission and 3rd prize to the Seven Day Adventist Olivet; Best Banner- 1st prize went to Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society, 2nd prize Graham’s Hall Primary and 3rd prize went to the Hydromet Service.
The final category for Best Chant- 1st prize Graham’s Hall Primary, 2nd prize Marian Academy and the 3rd prize went to Seven Day Adventist Olivet.
This year, World Environment Day 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the event which was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.