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World Environment Day Celebrated Today

2008-06-05

The international community will celebrate the World Environment Day today, June 5. It was announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1972 as an opportunity to draw the attention of the world community to global and national environmental problems, urge politicians to take specific actions and promote civil environmental initiatives.

This year, the UN-proposed theme of the World Environment Day is “Kick the Habit: Towards a Low Carbon Economy”. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is one of the key ways to ease the global climate change. All countries and the entire humanity should pool their efforts for the purpose.

Although the contribution of Lithuania as a small country to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the size of emissions is relatively small, the problem should be addressed in Lithuania just as in bigger countries, says Environment Minister Artūras Paulauskas. “The efforts of every individual, not just the international community or separate countries, to change habits that lead to air pollution with greenhouse gases are very meaningful and important,” says the minister. The events scheduled for tomorrow are intended to promote the efforts.

On June 5, residents and guests of the Lithuanian capital are invited to the Europe Square where mobile laboratories will measure air pollution concentration and register radiation levels at 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. During the traditional campaigns held by the Environment Ministry’s Environmental Protection Agency, specialists will answer questions about the environmental monitoring system, comment on the test results and advise on the steps to be taken for improvement of the environment.

The necessity to mitigate climate change and the opportunity for everyone to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be the main topic of the presentation of the Lithuanian-language issue of the book by Al Gore “An Inconvenient Truth”, which sent significant ripples in the world. The event is scheduled to start at the Forum Cinemas Vingis in Vilnius at 1 p.m. During the event, Environment Minister Artūras Paulauskas will confer this year’s awards for civil environmental initiatives.

The 2008 prize of Česlovas Kudaba will also be awarded today. The prize is granted by the Environment Ministry every two years for active and useful public activities, significant work in the formation and protection of the environment. This year’s prize will go to prominent naturalist Selemonas Paltanavičius.

On the World Environment Day, awards will also be presented to the winners of the competition for the traditional business community, Environmental Achievements. The aspiration of the young generation to save the environment will be commended during the finals of the children and schoolchildren competition Ecologic ABC due to start in the yard of the Teacher’s House in Vilnius at 1 p.m.

Public Information Division, Tel. 266 3660

05 June 2008


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas