The National Environment Commission in coordination with Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation and World Wildlife Fun – Bhutan commemorated the Environment Day on June 4th in honour of the birth anniversary of Her Majesty, The Gyaltsuen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, Royal Patron of the environment and Ozone Ambassador.
World Environment Day celebrated on 5th June worldwide has been an annual event with a different theme every year. The purpose of this event is to provide the world with an opportunity to increase awareness of current environmental challenges, and to encourage action. Each year specific challenges are focused on by a global theme for the day. Over the years this day has highlighted issues such as rising sea levels, food waste, green economy, air and land pollution.
This year’s theme is “Air Pollution”, and globally, China will host the global world environment day celebration. Through the event, it is expected that China will lead the push and stimulate global action to save millions of lives. Domestically, China has demonstrated leadership in tackling air pollution.
Although, air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone, in case of Bhutan, there are other emerging concerns requiring immediate action like waste management. In Thimphu, Environment Day was observed by cleaning-up of Chubachhu stream under the theme “My Waste My Responsibility.” The clean-up was coordinated to create awareness and build sense of responsibility in managing one’s own waste and also kick starts the implementation of Zero Waste Hour and National Waste Management Strategy launched by, and under the leadership of Her Majesty, The Gyaltsuen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.
Various government offices, civil society organizations, hoteliers, private organizations and volunteers took part in the clean-up and clearing of bushes along the Chubachhu. The Day is also observed across the nation by various schools, offices, organizations and institutions.
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