Monday was World Environment Day (WED), which occurs on 5 June every year.
What is World Environment Day?
It is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It is a day for reconnecting with nature and learning about pressing issues that need urgent attention.
Connecting People to Nature
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, urges us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and to think about how we are part of nature and how we depend on it.
The World Environment Day website explains
‘In recent decades, scientific advances are helping us to understand the countless ways in which natural systems support our own prosperity and well-being.
‘For example, the world’s oceans, forests and soils act as vast stores for greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane; farmers and fisher-folk harness nature on land and under water to provide us with food; scientists develop medicines using genetic material drawn from the millions of species that make up Earth’s astounding biological diversity.
‘Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation’
‘Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce’
World Environment Day in Fethiye
In Fethiye, the day started with an opening ceremony at Beşkaza, the Town Square and the laying of wreaths at the Atatürk Monument.
“Love Nature, Protect You”
Fethiye Municipality, said that they celebrate the environment week with different slogans every year and that the slogan of this year is “Love Nature, Protect You”.
Mahmut Bayrakdar, Manager of Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control, shared the statistics of recycling collections in 2016.
Bayrakdar said “We have collected 5,468 tons of packaging waste, 708 tons of PET and prevented the cutting of 57 thousand 730 trees. 9912 kWh of energy saving was achieved by collecting plastic. The collection of 528 tons of glass saved 61 thousand liters of oil.” Bayrakdar also emphasized that they also added the used textile waste to the recycling collection system “We have now set up 29 garment waste stations at different points in Fethiye for the collection of old clothes and shoes to be used to help the needy”
Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Directorate gave awards to the winning students from the waste battery collection contest held between schools in Fethiye.
A performance demonstrating the importance of keeping the environment clean took place in the Fethiye Culture Centre.
Fethiye Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Directorate said “We will continue our work on the road of ‘blue green Fethiye, nature friendly municipality’ which is our slogan”