thehindu.com June 05, 2016
The need to safeguard Vizag's green ambience!
Ironically, it was less than a week ago that the Thai Tiger Temple, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple known for its tiger sanctuary was in the limelight for wildlife trafficking and animal abuse. The temple was highly popular amongst tourists for its docile tigers reared by Buddhist monks.
Ironic, because this year, World Environment Day, organised every year on 5 June by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), draws attention to the illegal trade of wildlife products that are threatening the Earth’s biodiversity and robbing us of our natural heritage.
Every year there is a new theme drawing attention to a particular aspect of saving the environment. The day itself is dedicated to the environment and preserving it for the next generation. On this day, communities and individuals around the world work to increase awareness of the importance of conserving the environment, the positive global impact of environmental regulations and controls, and engage in activities that serve to educate and improve their environment locally. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973 and since then it has been hosted by a different city with a different theme.
Today it is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries. Adding significance to this day, in a first, over 60 countries have agreed to collaborate research and technology for monitoring human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and its effect on climate change. The countries agreed to share the data gathered by satellites and coordinate their methods to understand climate change, spearheaded by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French Space Agency (CNES).
While globally there has been much ado about the environment and its protection, in Vizag too many initiatives by locals and companies have significantly contributed to saving and protecting our fragile environment.