Environment day events include many
KATHMANDU, JUN 06 -
In an effort to draw the attention of policymakers to adopt an environment-friendly lifestyle and formulate necessary policies, a group of young cyclists on Tuesday gifted Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai with a Jomsom Bike.
On the occasion of World Environment Day on Tuesday, Shail Shrestha, president of ‘Kathmandu Cycle City 2020’, a youth network working for promotion and advocacy of bicycle and bicycle-friendly infrastructure, handed over the bicycle to Prime Minister Bhattarai at a programme organised by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology. The bicycle is assembled in Nepal by Chain Bikes.
According to Shrestha, the purpose was to request the prime minister and concerned stakeholders to work for the betterment of roads and to encourage bicycle use and its safety in the national transport policy.
Addressing the programme, Bhatarai stressed the need to move ahead by formulating strategies to implement the 10-point Kathmandu Call for Action made public during the two-day international conference of mountain countries this year.
The US Embassy partnered with neighbouring businesses and local volunteers to clean up the Maharajgunj neighbourhood. Hundreds of volunteers, including Ambassador Scott H DeLisi and embassy staff, picked up trash on the street from the Teaching Hospital to Bhatbateni Superstore on the Ring Road.
Various programmes ranging from awareness and clean-up campaigns, rallies, talk programmes and discussions to photo exhibition, street dramas and tree plantation were organised at different places in the country to mark the day with the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?”
Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City, in coordination with the Central Zoo and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, organised an awareness rally along with other programmes focused on the theme.
Celebrating the day, David Molden, director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, said the theme underscores the need to
balance the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of development and to provide space for every section of society to play a role in sustainable development.
In the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, the key challenge is to make green economy relevant to women and men from poor mountain communities, who act as stewards of critical ecosystems that provide numerous benefits to society at large, said Molden.
At the Basantpur Durbar Square, the day was celebrated by organising a photo exhibition titled ‘Places and Faces of Nepal’, followed by street drama, documentary show and discussion. Association of Youth Organisations, Tourism Development Endeavours, Mdapika Art Group, International Climate Champions Network Nepal, Gham Power and Yatra, among others, jointly organised the programme.
On the occasion, the ministry awarded Shyam Bhatta, journalist with the Nagarik daily, with the Environment Journalism Award. The Nepalese Forum of Environmental Journalists awarded Gopal Jhapali, working for the People’s Times daily published from Jhapa, with the Environment Journalism Award.
Meanwhile, students of Belmont International School took out a rally in the Samakhushi area to mark the day. They went round Gongabu, Samakhushi, Town Planning and Ranibari areas in Kathmandu carrying placards and chanting slogans.
Posted on: 2012-06-06 08:42