World Environment Day was observed in the country on Saturday with a view to creating awareness among people about protection of environment.
The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’.
With this theme and slogan in mind, Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) organized an online discussion program titled ‘Nature and the future of environment in the hands of young generation’ with the participation of environmental activists and youths on the Zoom platform on Saturday.
Poba made a 7-point demand for restoring the environment and conservation of nature at the virtual meeting.
They recommended students of schools, colleges and universities need to be involved in the process of building a golden Bangladesh by protecting the environment.
Initiatives should be taken to form environment clubs in educational institutions across the country to make children and adolescents mindful of the environment and to expand environmental education.
Adolescents need more understanding, capacity building and knowledge about the environment and nature in order to understand and recover the ecosystem. The Department of Environment, in collaboration with various organizations at home and abroad, can launch online courses in simple language and easy to use to enhance the abilities of adolescents by highlighting contemporary issues.
To restore the ecosystem, the younger generation needs to be encouraged to become ‘ecopreneurs’ to inspire the development of environmental skills and knowledge.
In addition to economic benefits, we need to know about the value of the ecosystem. Responsible tourism must be ensured. Appropriate rules should be made to control the behavior and activities of tourists.
It is very important to take effective steps to preserve the ecosystem of biodiversity rich hills and haors. In order to protect the environment, it is necessary to adopt the strategy of quality tourism with emphasis on the protection of life and nature.
When to ensure life-nature and man-centered development through proper implementation of ‘National Environmental Policy, 2018’.
Nature-based solutions should be given priority in urban planning. All local level developments in the country need to be included in the plan to avoid environmental disasters.
General Secretary of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) Engineer Abdus Sobhan presided over the function and the chief guest was Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and former Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University.