Earth Day 2021

Human health and life are heavily dependent on the natural services of biodiversity, which are made up of many different types and ecosystems. Towards developing a sustainable country, a stable healthy biosphere is needed which supports healthy human society. Therefore, a balanced ecosystem can be maintained through a variety of means and methods, including the adoption of green technologies, good agricultural practices, wildlife restoration and ocean protection. This was among the content of a message in conjunction with the Earth Day 2021.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Ingenieur Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar explained that this year's theme 'Restore Our Earth' focuses on restoring the earth through reduction and adaptation to the effects of environmental damage and pollution as well as climate change. Yang Berhormat said the theme coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic situation that hit the entire world over a year ago. The effects of the pandemic have clearly illustrated that the earth is facing two closely related crises, namely deterioration of the global environment and human health.

According to the Minister of Development, this year the ministry through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation is running a social media campaign. This is a continuation of the 'Take Your Action, Make a Difference' campaign that was introduced on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebration in 2020. The social media movement will pay special attention to the months of Ramadhan and Syawal, to raise environmental awareness as well as to encourage the public to kick-start eco-friendly habits. The campaign will extend until June 2021 to commemorate World Environment Day, where several other activities are also lined up. This includes the expansion of the No Plastic Bag Everyday Initiative to convenience stores, restaurants and food stalls; environmental roadshow; and announcement of the winners of the Floating Waste Collector Conceptual Design Competition that was opened to the tertiary institutions last year. Information on the campaign and updates of the activities is available at Instagram @jastre.bn.

Source: Radio Television Brunei