Vanuatu also marked World Clean up Day last Friday
The ministry of tourism organised the day of last Friday to clean Port Vila street to mark World Clean up Day.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was the main speaker for the day at the Independence Park. Here is the speech of Prime Minister Salwai:
· Honourable Government Ministers
· Honourable Members of Parliament
· Director Generals and Directors
· Government Civil Servants
· His Excellency Mr. Jeremy Bruer, Australian High Commissioner
· His Excellency Mr. Itsubo Toyoaki, JICA Resident Representative
· Honourable Lord Mayor and Councillors for Port Vila Municipal Council
· Community Members
· School Children
· Port Vila citizens
· Ladies and Gentle Men
Today we gather here at Independence Park to celebrate the National Clean Up Day, World Ozone Day and National Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Day.
Physical environment on this planet provides for all of us a favorable required condition and supports the existence and growth of various forms of life here. Whatever environment is, it must be healthy, safe and secure to continue the evergreen life on the earth for the present and future.
Today we should realize our mistakes and concern about the environment in order to keep it clean, safe and secure for our healthy life. Many of the human activities as a result of development like deforestation, industrialization, and technological improvements and so many are leading our environment towards danger and keeping lives at risk by influencing the growth, development and survival of all organisms. Dear citizens, Vanuatu is part of this development trend.
Various types of environmental pollution such as water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, soil pollution, etc. are disturbing the ecosystem and causing variety of health hazards to the human life’s and animals. Environmental pollution is damaging the ecosystem and destroying the delicate balance of the natural ecosystem. Man-made chemicals from the industries and factories such as hydrocarbons, solvents, heavy metals, etc. get mixed into the soil when people use herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. or through the spill or underground leakage of the chemicals. Such contaminants in the form of solid, liquid or gas are causing soil or land pollution which is contaminating the whole earth. Such contaminants are also causing water and air pollution as they get mixed to the underneath water supplies and some chemicals produce harmful vapors respectively.
In Vanuatu, the ever increasing use of plastic is causing huge level of environmental pollution and adversely affecting the wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. Increasing number of vehicles in the main towns like Port Vila and Luganville is another main cause of air pollution. Emission of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, both are very harmful to the health and atmosphere. My dear citizens, it is very necessary for the common public to be aware of the bad effects of pollution and run in the direction against pollution to reduce its effects. We should plant more green plants in the surrounding areas and sides of the roads in order to maintain the natural equilibrium in the environment.
Pollution is affecting our lives so I call upon all citizens to take individual steps and do the right thing to reduce pollution. We should not depend only on our government actions for some positive changes. Common people like us form a strong basis to stop the spread of pollution.
People should understand the importance of environment they live in and respect the one given by God to live a simple life on the earth (the only known planet having life).
Ladies and gentlemen, on this occasion, may I seize this opportunity to encourage everyone to ‘change’ attitudes in waste disposal. Lukaotem gud envaeronment blong yumi, lokaotem gud Port Vila city and beautiful country blong yumi Vanuatu.
Happy National Clean-up Day, World Ozone Day and National POPs Day
The clean up day ended with the cutting of “nalot” traditional cake from Torba province.