Acting Chief Conservation and Fisheries Officer, Mr. Kelvin Penn said, “This year, we are celebrating Environment Month, for the 20th time and it has become clear to me that the environment is an increasing priority, here and across the world.”
He said, “This year’s theme; ‘Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Foodprint,’ is quite fitting to serve as a boost to encourage residents to care about our food intake, and the stress of wastage on the natural environment.”
Mr. Penn explained that key activities of Environment month such as the Saving the World Fair are aimed at creating awareness among all members of the public to reduce food waste production.
“We depend on our environment for survival and our environment depends on us for sustainability. This year the goal is to increase awareness in food wastage,” he said, adding, “Many people think food waste does not matter because food rots or decays, but food that is thrown away and not composted properly can release gases into the air that contribute to climate change.”
He expounded, “If we can do just a little better in this trivial aspect of environmental sensitivity, we stand only to benefit; financially and ecologically!”
Activities for Environment Month 2013 include: a Service at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1; ‘Open House’ at the Conservation and Fisheries Department on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4; the ‘Saving the World’ Fair at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza on Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m. The ‘Parade for the Planet’ will be held at 3:30 p.m. the same day. Later in the month there will be a Sunrise Service at the Queen Elizabeth II Park on Friday, June 28 at 5:30 a.m.
As a wrap-up to the month’s activities, Fisherman’s Day will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 1 at Long Bay, Beef Island where fisherfolks can participate in a fishing tournament. Fisherman’s Day promises to be an activity-filled event including a lion fish demonstration, an educational booth, soldier crab racing, a fashion show, music and entertainment.
The month’s activities are hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Conservation and Fisheries Department.
Environment Month has been celebrated annually in the Territory since 1993 and aims to bring awareness to the public about the importance of preserving the environment. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Conservation and Fisheries Department endeavour to effectively manage and administer the natural resources of the territory in a manner that ensures long term sustainability
Photo 1 of 2: Environment Month 2012: Parade for the Planet
Photo 2 of 2: Sea Turtle Demonstration at the Green Matters Expo for Environment Month 2012