Like other countries in different part of the world, Nepal is also celebrating World Environment Day with a dedication to mark the theme of this year ‘Think. Eat. Save’ to aware the community to control massive waste of food to reduce the pressure on natural resources.
Over the years, this June 05 event has been celebrating by IUCN Nepal with its members and partners. This year, with the theme "Think.Eat.Save", IUCN Nepal celebrated World Environment Day jointly with Central Zoo - National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, WWF Nepal and Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN). NTNC and BCN is also the institutional member of IUCN.
A green walk with decorated elephant and more than 3000 participants was organized in the street of Lalitpur in the morning. School children from around 50 different schools of the valley, representatives of government and non-government organizations and locals had enthusiastically participated in the rally. The main objective of the rally was to spread the awareness message in accordance to the world theme of food security.
The formal program was organized at the end of the rally. The winners of the various competitions among school children which had taken place earlier during the week were handed over prizes. The other attraction of the program was conservation oath administered by Miss Earth Nepal and Nature Conservation Light Ms. Rojisha Shahi Thakuri.
Member Secretary of National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) Mr. Juddha Bahadur Gurung welcomed all the participants on the auspicious day. The Chief Guest, Honorable Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation, Mr. Tek Bahadur Thapa Gharti, said the government was committed to developing eco-friendly measures in natural resource management and consumption for sustainable development activities. “The government has prioritized the need for promotion of biological and alternative energy technologies to minimize the pressure on natural resources and to contribute towards environment conservation,” he said. Stressing on the need of individual willpower for the conservation of the natural resources, he also added that the Government will always support for this sort of initiations.
The event was also celebrated by releasing different informative posters on nature conservation. The informative poster on Tree Fern of IUCN Nepal, Bird species of BCN (IUCN Member), Vulture Conservation of Himalayan Nature (IUCN Member) and Red Panda of NTNC (IUCN Member) was released by Honorable Minister.
While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.