The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia and its partners on Monday, June 5, 2017 celebrated this year World Environmental Day in the commercial hub of Ganta, Nimba County, with a caution for Liberians to protect their environment.
The 2017 World Environmental Day, which was characterized by cultural performances and parade through the principal street of Ganta, was held under the theme: “connecting people to nature”.
The slogan for this year celebration was “Appreciate nature, save the environment.”
The celebration attracted hundreds of students from Ganta and Sanniquellie cities, local county authorities, environmental NGOs, community based organizations and representative from Arcelormittal.
In a special statement, EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri said that World Environmental Day is a day for everyone to connect or reconnect with nature in ways that encourage environmental protection.
According to her, the 2017 World Environmental Day theme remains everyone about the importance of appreciating the beauty of nature.
She said it also remains us about the role we all have to play in protecting the earth that we share, as our home.
“This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of the nature and how intimately we depend on nature. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship,” Madam Vohiri noted.
She disclosed that the EPA is discharging its mandate to give nature a helping hand through the provision of environmental awareness in schools and communities across the country, as well as through the environmental and social impact assessment process that include stakeholders consultations.
Madam Vohiri indicated that the EPA is also helping to protect the environment through compliance enforcement monitoring and inspection and through environment related policies.
According to the EPA Executive Director, the agency has helped connect Liberia with international efforts being made to mitigate and adapt to environment changes taking place in the world.
In brief remarks, EPA Deputy Executive Director, Urias Goll said Liberia has a challenge in protecting the environment.
Mr. Goll called on Liberians to change their attitudes and take action to overcome the challenges protecting the environment poses to us as a people.
Moses A. Massah, UNDP Manager for Energy and Environment assured EPA of UNDP’s continuous supports, as it strives to ensure a sustainable environment for all.
He disclosed that as part of its contributions to the protection of the environment, UNDP is currently collaborating with the EPA to support Youth Exploring Solution (YES), a local youth group to undertake community clean-up campaign in Monrovia.
He called on everyone to take care of the environment since it is important for the sustenance of our lives.