The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in collaboration with the United Nations in Namibia with support from the High Commission of India to Namibia celebrated the 2019 World Environment day in Karasburg on the 5th of June.
World Environment Day is a United Nations Day which calls for environmental awareness by the private sector, civil society, Governments and all role players in the community. This year’s World Environment Day was commemorated under the theme Beat Air Pollution.
The day was commemorated with young people from various schools participating in educational activities to create awareness on the significance of the environment with specific focus on the theme.
Officiating at the event Bernadette Jagger, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, reassured government’s commitment to sustainable development in Namibia. She stated that Namibia’s economy is highly dependent on climate change sensitive sectors such as agriculture, livestock ranching, crop production and fishing. She added that that on such basis, climate change impacts can be catastrophic to Namibia.
Jagger stressed that scientific projections indicate that Namibia will become hotter throughout the year with estimated increases in temperatures of 1-3.5 degrees Celsius in summer and 14 degrees Celsius in winter by the period 2046-2065 as a result of climate change. World Environment Day is an opportunity for all stakeholders to commit themselves to the preservation of Namibia’s natural resources,” remarked Jagger.
In her speech read on her behalf by Mr. Toivo Shikongo, the United Nations Resident Representative, Ms Alka Bhatia called on communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies and improve air quality in cities.
The 2019 World Environment Day celebrations also coincided with the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi whose active life as a lawyer, politician, social activist and writer was the greatest lesson he left to the world.
Through his work he emulated the ethos of putting the furthest behind first, ensuring no one is left behind. The Indian High Commissioner to Namibia, H.E Mr. Prashant Angraval, represented by the Head of Chancery, Mr. Vinay Kumar demonstrated “Ghandi in action” by planting 150 seedlings at Karasburg schools as a gesture of respect to Mahatma Ghandi and symbolic inspiration for future generations.