World Environment Day 2010
June 5th marks World Environemnt Day (WED) and the Ministry for Gozo joined other countries to celebrate it. WED was established in 1972 inorder to create awareness of the environment and to stimulate political and public attention or action.
'Many Species – One planet – One Future' was the theme chosen for this year since it happens to be also the International year of biodiversity. Rwanda, a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection, was chosen to lead the celebrations. Various activities were held at Lunzjata valley in Gozo between 9.00am and noon. Among those who attended were around 60 students from the Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts who, under the supervision of their teachers, worked on papier mâché from recycle material, others tried to depict the scene in front of them and the rest worked on lace.
The team of Hands on Farming was also on site. The animals brought attracted children who tried either to feed them or at least observe them while eating or moving around. In order to create more awarness and caring about the environment, all children present for the activity were given plants to grow at home.
The programme included also story telling, organised games and live entertainment by John Cassar Duo. The chapel dedicated to The Annunciation was open for the public. Members from Wirt Għawdex were also in attendance and spoke to the students about the value of Lunzjata Valley. All those who attended were given fruit and water. Caps and pencils with the eco-Gozo logo were distributed as well.
The Hon. Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono attended the activity and launched the second scheme for the restoration of wind pumps, structures which are typical of the Gozitan rural environment. When speaking to all those present, the Minister talked about the importance of protecting the environment. She insisted that it is everyone's duty to protect the different species present on our planet. She referred also to the Government's plan in making Gozo an ecological island, a strategy which besides the restoration of wind pumps, provides also the cleaning of valleys around Gozo and afforestation projects around the island. These projects form part of the eighty initiatives which are to be completed in the next three years.