The National celebrations of the international world environment day shall be held in Luwero.
The International World Environment Day has since 1974 been held annually on June 5, and each Member State is supposed to reflect on efforts put in place at the National level in protecting the environment.
“It is also a day for each Member State to reaffirm her commitment to sustainable environmental management. World Environment Day is the United Nations principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment,” Sam Cheptoris the Minister of Water and Environment told Journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Tuesday.
“50 years later, Sweden is hosting Stockholm+50 from 2nd to 3rd June, together with the International World Environment Day on 5th June 2022. I wish to remind all Citizens that time to act for the environment is fast running out, and nature is in an emergency mode,” he aid
“To keep global warming below 1.5°C this Century, the World must reduce to half the annual Greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Without action, exposure to air pollution beyond safe guidelines will increase by 50 percent within the decade and plastic waste flowing into aquatic ecosystems will nearly triple by 2040,”
The day shall be held under the theme: “Only One Earth”
Minister Cheptoris said that urgent action is needed to address these pressing issues, making “Only One Earth” and its focus on living sustainably in harmony with nature, as pertinent as ever.
“I wish to inform you that the World Environment Day 2021 launched the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean,” he said
The United Nations General Assembly declared this day for the first time during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and Development in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972.
“Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach, promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said
With the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the helm, over 150 countries participate each year. World Environment Day also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the earth planet.
At the global level, the 2022 International World Environment Day will be commemorated in Stockholm Sweden under the theme ‘Only One Earth’.
The theme itself, and its global host Sweden, are symbolic reminders of the 1972 Stockholm Conference which led to the formation of the United Nations Environment Programme now headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
The 1972 Stockholm Conference also culminated in the declaration of the 5th of June as the International Day for reflecting on human interaction with the Environment and its resultant effects.
“Only One Earth” was the slogan in Stockholm in 1972 when the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held.
“This global declaration, therefore, put sustainable development on the global agenda and led to the establishment of World Environment Day,” Minister Cheptoris told Journalists.
He said that restoration of the environment can help to grow wealth, end poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction.
“It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. In Uganda, we have developed a ten-year Environment Restoration Plan and declared the next ten years as a war Decade for Environment restoration. We are making every effort to reverse forest cover loss, wetland cover loss, reduced availability of water resources, and biodiversity loss,”
“In the case of Uganda, this year’s World Environment Day celebrations will be held in Luwero on 5th June 2022 under the National theme: ‘Our Earth, Conserve for Life,” he said
Speaking in respect to the day, Cheptoris reminded Ugandans that as we celebrate it, we should remember that the Earth we have is our ‘Only Home’ and our survival depends on the way we handle it. Our Earth faces a triple planetary emergency:
• The climate is heating up too quickly for people and nature to adapt;
• Habitat loss and other pressures mean an estimated 1 million species are threatened with extinction;
• Pollution continues to poison our air, land, and water.
The way out of this dilemma is to transform our economy and society to make them inclusive, fair, and more connected with nature. We must shift from harming the planet to healing it.
The good news is that the solutions are with us, room for innovation is available, and environmentally friendly technologies exist within an affordable range. We should all embark to
1. Stop encroachment on fragile ecosystems including; wetlands, forests, lakeshores, and river banks
2. Restore degraded areas to bring balance in ecosystem functions and services Scanned with CamScanner
3. Plant and grow trees
4. Stop settling on steep slopes and cultivation with an angle greater than 30 degrees
5. Adopt the best environmental, agricultural, and water catchment practices.
6. Seek guidance from respective Authorities before implementing projects to avoid encroaching/ destroying natural habitats for biodiversity.
7. Avoid dumping waste in fragile ecosystems and littering
8. Avoiding the use of environmentally dangerous single-use plastics
“I call upon everyone to note that there is Only One Earth. Let’s conserve it to secure our lives,” he said.