The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners on Monday celebrated this year’s World Environmental Protection Day in Ganta, Nimba County with a call to Liberians to protect the environment.
The celebration was characterized by cultural performances and parades through the principal streets of Ganta. This year’s theme is “Connecting People to Nature” and the slogan for the celebration is “Appreciate Nature, Save the Environment.”
The festivities attracted hundreds of students from Ganta and Sanniquellie, local county authorities, NGOs, community organizations, and representatives from ArcelorMittal Liberia.
EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri said in her address that the day was set aside for everyone to connect or reconnect with nature in ways that encourage environmental protection.
This year’s theme should remind Liberians about the importance of appreciating the beauty of nature adding that “it also reminds us about the role we all have to play in protecting the earth that we share as our home.”
“The theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on nature. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship,” said Director Vohiri.
The EPA is discharging its mandate to give nature a helping hand through the provision of environmental awareness in schools and communities across the country, as well as through the environmental and social impact assessment process that includes stakeholder consultations, Vohiri said.
Madam Vohiri indicated that the EPA is also helping to protect the environment through compliance enforcement, monitoring and inspection, and through environment related policies.
Furthermore, she said the agency has helped connect Liberia with international efforts to mitigate and adapt to changes in the environment.
EPA Deputy Executive Director Urias Goll said Liberia has a challenge to protect the environment and called on Liberians to change their attitudes and take actions to overcome the challenges that failing to protect the environment pose to the country.
Moses A. Massah, UNDP Manager for Energy and Environment, disclosed that as part of its contribution to the protection of the environment, the UNDP is currently collaborating with the EPA to support Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a local youth group, to undertake community clean-up campaigns in Monrovia.
He called on Liberians to take care of the environment “since it is important for the sustenance of our lives.”