June 4, 2013

Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to host health fair tomorrow

The Environmental Management Department within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will host a fair to celebrate World Environment Day tomorrow.{{more}}

The fair, which will be held at Heritage Square, Kingstown, begins at 10 a.m., and will be held under the theme: “Think. Eat. Save.”

A release from the Ministry said several environmental issues will be highlighted on that day, including ozone depletion, biodiversity, biosafety, land degradation, chemicals management and climate change.

World Environment Day is an annual event that is designed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

World Environment Day is also used to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

This year’s theme is designed to encourage sustainable consumption by all. Sustainable consumption is all about “doing more and better with less,” through reducing resource use, degradation and pollution, while increasing the quality of life for all. There are many possibilities for changing our unsustainable consumption habits, while also improving our quality of life.

On June 15, an environmental road show will travel from Kingstown to Owia, making stops in Sion Hill, Arnos Vale, Calliaqua, Biabou, South Union, Colonarie, Byera, Georgetown, Sandy Bay and Owia.

There was a similar road show, which travelled from Kingstown to Chateaubelair, making stops in Campden Park, Chauncey, Rillan Hill, Layou, Barrouallie and Chateaubelair on June 1.