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| Last Updated::19/06/2019

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World Environment Day- 2019

 World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. It is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth.

The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.

 Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental issue. The theme for 2019, “Beat Air Pollution,” is a call to action and call to combat this global crisis. The theme chosen by this year’s host, China makes us all to think how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health.

 World Environment Day (WED) Celebrations

 State level WED celebrations were held at Hotel Peterhoff, Shimla on 5th June, 2019. HP ENVIS Hub jointly celebrated WED in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment (HIMCOSTE), Department of Environment, Science and Technology, HP State Pollution Control Board and Education Department. Sh. Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh was the chief guest on this occasion. He started the programme by flagging off awareness rallies in which around 600 students from 30 schools of Shimla town participated. HP ENVIS Hub published WED Brochures on the theme “Beat Air Pollution” in Hindi and English languages for creating awareness on implications of air pollution and how to combat it. These were distributed to all the students and participants at the function. A book “Compilation of best practices on Environmental Excellence” was released by the Chief Minister along with other awareness materials. A painting competition was organized on the occasion. Prizes were given to the winners of different categories for remarkable contribution by the institutions and individuals in promotion of environment protection & conservation and sustainable development in the state. The awards were given in the form of citation, memento along-with cash prize of Rs 50,000 as first prize and Rs 25,000 as second prize.

A new scheme, Water Purification Invigorative Scheme (WaPIS) was also launched by Chief Minister during the programme under which 38 types of plant species have been identified to treat waste water of various river streams.

Additional Chief Secretary (Environment, Science & Technology)-cum-Chairman HIMCOSTE Sh. R.D. Dhiman said that global warming was a major concern for the entire world and that climate change had posed challenges in many sectors like agriculture, industries etc.

An exhibition on Air, Water Pollution and WasteManagement was displayed by the State Pollution Control Board. The aim of exhibition was to create public awareness about growing air &water pollution andproblems in waste management across the State. Director Environment-cum-Member Secretary HIMCOSTE Sh. D.C.  Rana thanked the Chief Minister and other guests present during the WED celebrations.


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