This year, the EPA-SL also joins the world in celebrating World Environment Day as a way to rekindle our spirit in the fight against environmental degradation. The symbolism behind this celebration is also meant to communicate to all and sundry that environmental protection and management has to be hands-on, and that prosperity, personal wellbeing and sustainability are human aspirations that depend on a safe and healthy environment.
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day Celebration is “connecting people to nature”. It is meant to remind us about our responsibilities to the environment and enjoins us to galvanize action to protect our planet from climate change, deforestation, flooding and other cataclysmic consequences emanating from the way we handle the environment. In the words of the United Nations Secretary General, the theme is meant to “highlight the vast benefits that clean environment provide to humanity including food security, improved health and climate stability” and therefore encouraged each and every one of us to go out and enjoy the beauty of nature.
To mark the occasion, the EPA-SL organised a float parade from the Freetown Cotton Tree to the Miatta Conference Center where various speakers delivered statements in line with this year’s theme. Participants were drawn from schools, universities, Civil Society Organisations, None-Governmental Organizations, Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a united message that environmental protection is quintessential, and that, notwithstanding your socio-economic status, we all have a stake in it.
The float parade commenced at 8:30 in the morning and the procession marched through Siaka Stevens Street; Sanders Street to St. John Church and then Old Railway Line to Miatta Conference center; having obtained Police clearance from the Inspector General of Police.