Zakynthos is its efforts to make citizens aware of environmental issues decided to act, joining in one of the many of activities taking place world-wide.
The United Nations, recognizing that the protection and improvement of the environment is an issue of major importance that affects the well-being of people and economic development around the world, has designated the 5th of June as World Environment Day. The observance of this day provides a basis for enlightening public opinion and giving individuals, businesses and communities a sense of responsibility to protect and improve the environment. Since its launch in 1974, the Day has become a global platform for public awareness that is widely celebrated around the world.
Today the Deputy Regional Governor of Zakynthos, Mr George Stasinopoulos, The President of the POPOLAON, Filippos Vardakastanis, The Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, residents – businessmen from the area, honoured the day by cleaning the flower beds within the street of Alexandros Romas.
The Volunteer Group of Zakynthos member Louise sent a message to our fellow citizens “ we are a fraction of a second in Earth’s time, yet she is our lifeline, let’s do something now to protect her.”
The group, organised by our Deputy Regional Governor took to the street and started to clean the flower bed areas, which had become a place for cigarette butts, plastic straws and other such items. Mr Stasinopoulos stated “that our enviroment should be our number one priority!”
The theme of World Environment Day this year is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore’ and its focal point is ecosystem restoration. “Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage- to go from exploiting nature to healing it”, according to the UN. Pakistan will be the global host and UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) will also be launched on Saturday. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is “a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea.
Let’s hope that more activities are organised to raise awareness on just how important our home, planet Earth is. It is up to us and each individual can play his or her part, no matter how small their actions; after all, it will only benefit all of us in the long run.
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