On Thursday, June 7th, 2012 Women and Youth Development Initiatives keyed into the global World Environment Day Celebration. The theme for this year: Green Economy: Does It Include You?
A day is an annual event celebrated globally for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. The celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which awareness of the Environment is stimulated worldwide and encourages political attention and action. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener, and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
Due to the Mourning Nigeria was plunged in to on the loss of over 150 people on the Ill-fated Dana Airplane Crash that occurred on Sunday 3rd June 2012 the celebration was shifted to 7th in other to join Nigeria and Nigerians to mourn the departed souls for three days declared by the Federal Government.
The celebration which was a Rally held in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria paid advocacy visit to the Kwara State Ministry of Environment and took participants around the major streets of the city sensitizing and raising people’s consciousness on the need to be proactive as Everyone counts in this initiative because any damage or effect on the Environment affects all irrespective of locality. Thus, World Environment Day relies on every single individual to make it happen! this corroborates the unique Theme for this year: Green Economy: Does It Include You?
Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you! The question, therefore, asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether in our Country and State you are being included in it, if not, are you taking up the initiative?
The participants and populace were encouraged to commit towards collective action through organizing neighborhood clean-up, embarking on tree planting (individually and at community levels), encouraging and enforcing the reduction of CO2 emission in industries because Green Economy includes us all!