World Environment Day will be observed in Bangladesh today with the theme ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and slogan ‘Join # Generation Restoration’ announced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry has chalked out various programmes to create awareness among the mass people in this regard.
The Department of Environment (DoE) has taken steps to publish supplements in national dailies this day.
Banners and festoons have been installed in the city’s important places, installations and roads for encouraging people to plant saplings aiming to protect the environment.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday issued separate messages on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The President said there is no alternative to protecting environment to save human civilisation.
The existence of the human civilization is now at stake due to extensive environmental degradation, forest destruction, unchecked pollution and climate change impacts, he said.
He called upon all the concerned to take steps to save environment to make development sustainable.
In another message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh’s leadership in environment diplomacy is being lauded in global arena because of her government’s success in conserving environment.
She mentioned that Bangladesh is serving as the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance to protect the interests of the climate vulnerable countries.
The premier said her government has formulated National Adaptation Plan while Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 is being implemented to attain sustainable development goals by reducing losses of natural disasters and climate change.
Sheikh Hasina said one crore saplings of tree have already been planted as part of the celebration of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She said unabated development works and industrialization of the developed countries is causing continuous rise of global warming and climate change.
Due to adverse impacts of climate change, Bangladesh has turned into one of the most vulnerable countries, she said.