The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the provincial administration of Battambang, will celebrate the National and World Environment Day on May 5 to raise public awareness of environmental issues and preserve the environment for sustainable use of natural resources.
This year’s event is themed “Caring for the Planet for Our Health” to raise environmental awareness among the public and students, with a focus on environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and sustainable lifestyle.
The main focus of the event is the movement of all layers of forces to join environmental sanitation on May 5 from 7am to 9am at Neak Banh Teuk Park in Battambang City.
Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told the Post that the event will be held on May 5 instead of the official date of June 5, as the latter was set for the communal council elections. He said the ministry chose to organize the event in advance so that there would be no conflict with members and supporters of political parties conducting their election campaigns.
He noted that Battambang had been chosen to host the event this time around. Other provinces, including Ratanakkiri and Kampot, had previously been selected to educate the public about the importance of the environment and protecting the planet.
“We expect the celebrations in Battambang to reach around 300 people from the administration and provincial departments. Students will also carry out activities that demonstrate their consideration for the environment and the importance of biodiversity within it,” he said.
He added that the challenges facing the ministry in environmental protection are climate change, solid waste management and the protection and conservation of natural resources. The ministry has done a lot of work and the government has set policies on urban solid waste management and local economic development by providing new jobs and new ideas to people through ecotourism.
“The celebration of this day, under the theme “Let’s take care of the planet for our health”, aims to show the public that human health is strongly linked to the environment and to remind them that the health of the planet is a part important to human health. . If the planet is polluted, it affects humans,” he said.
Yin Mengly, Battambang provincial coordinator for rights group ADHOC, said the event is both a message to commemorate the anniversary of Environment Day and a warning to people – as well as government officials – to take care of the environment. However, what really matters is the practical and regular implementation of sustainable policies.
“We shouldn’t just talk about environmental issues on this day; we need to discuss it regularly. We should not come together and promote this day once a year and consider that we have done enough on environmental issues. It is important to regularly implement practical environmental protection measures,” he said.
Mengly added that garbage in some places is picked up daily, but in others garbage is only picked up once a week or even every 10 days. It is a problem. For example, waste collection in popular tourist spots and densely populated areas is good most days, but collection is slow in some outlying neighborhoods. In many parts of the country, landfills have not yet been prepared, he added.