GREEN WALK: President urges environmental consciousness at community level

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday hosted a massive Green Walk in observance of World Earth Day under the theme: Green Economy: Does it include you?
The Green Walk commenced at the Umana Yana and end at the National Park which included a cultural programme, presentation of trophies and remarks by President Donald Ramotar and the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud.

Persaud in his remarks welcomed the massive participation from students, governments agencies and other concerned stakeholders. He pointed out that the President’s vision in creating the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is an indication of governments strong commitment towards the integrated management of our natural resources towards a green economy.

President Ramotar stated that there is greater consciousness of protecting our environment globally and the need for a green economy to manage man’s relationship with nature. He added that the government will continue to pursue renewable energy and for a better Guyana and a better world.

Meanwhile, the President challenged several government ministries and other concerned stakeholders to play an integral role to improve our environment by enhancing our streets, villages and towns.

Participants were judged in four categories: Largest Contingent -1st prize went to Graham’s Hall Primary, 2nd prize to Marian Academy and 3rd price to the Guyana Police Force, Uniformity- 1st prize went to Graham’s Hall Primary, 2rd prize to the Guyana Forestry Commission and 3rd prize to the Seven Day Adventist Olivet, Best Banner- 1st prize went to Guyana Amazon Tropical Bird Society, 2rd prize Graham’s Hall Primary and 3rd prize went to the Hydromet Service. The final category for Best Chant- 1st prize Graham’s Hall Primary, Marian Academy and the 3rd prize went to Seven Day Adventist Olivet.

This year, World Environment Day 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the event which was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.