World Environment Day In Bhutan

Jun 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Advocacy, Bhutan, Biodiversity, Development and Climate Change, Ecosystem Functions, Environment, Governance, Resilience

WorldEnvDayBhutanLBhutan Observer: The day was observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan.

In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance of protecting our environment.

Underlining this year’s theme of “Think, Eat, Save – a global initiative on addressing food waste”, Her Majesty said that roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, and that more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

“These alarming figures puts us in mind of the fact that these are losses that we cannot accept and in our resource-constrained world, there is simply no place for avoidable waste,” Her Majesty said.

Her Majesty said that as a product of boarding school, every student learns the value of food, and these sentiments remain for a lifetime.

“Today, when we talk about the initiative Think, Eat, Save, it reminds us how crucial it is to set on a path of resource efficiency and sustainable development to help both our ecnvironment and our economy,” Her Majesty said. “If we can all commit to, or even just reflect on this global initiative, our collective efforts will result in the success of our aspirations, for a finer and more optimistic future.”

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen planted a tree to commemorate the day.

The event, which was organized by the National Environment Commission, was attended by the Yangbi Lopon, Advisors to the Interim Government, and Senior government officials.

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