World Environment Day (WED), which is being celebrated annually on 5th June is meant to raise global awareness and encourage actions for the protection of our environment.
Every year, a theme is chosen for the celebration of World Environment Day, a theme which helps to draw global attention to specific issues of the environment.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebration is “Zero tolerance for illegal trade in wildlife” with a slogan “Go Wild for Life.”
Women Environmental Programme implemented two major activities to mark 2016 World Environment Day:
On Tuesday, 7th June, 2016, WEP’s John Baaki was on Armed Forces Radio, 107.7 FM on the programme – Protect Your Environment- to create awareness about environmental issues from 9am-10am.
On Wednesday, 8th June, 2016, WEP team was at Junior Secondary School, Durumi Abuja. Although this year’s theme ‘was go wild for life’ the students were reminded of the need to care for the environment. They were also encouraged to make their surroundings safe and clean to enjoy safer, cleaner and more prosperous future.
To practicalize all said, WEP team led the students on general clean-up of the school premises using cutlasses and brooms that were donated to the school by WEP. After the school cleaning exercise, WEP donated economic trees’ seedlings to the school which were planted around the school premises by the school Principal in conjunction with WEP team.
The school was encouraged to make tree planting a common practice as trees improve air quality, ameliorate climate, conserve water, preserve soil, and support life.