The World Environment Day which is celebrated every year on June 5th, is a day to take pledge on awareness and action on environmental issues. The theme of the World Environment Day-2004, is Wanted! Seas and Oceans Dead or alive?.
Keeping in mind the theme, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board in association with the Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha (Purba Medinipur District Committee) organised a campaign programme at Digha sea beach on 9th July, 2004 involving the enlisted NGOs of the Board and the students of different eco-clubs set up in the schools of Purba Medinipur District under National Green Corps Programme.
Shri Manabendra Mukherjee, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Information Technology and Environment himself took part in cleaning programme of Digha sea-beach alongwith hundreds of students and their teachers, NGOs and others to help create awareness among the local inhabitants and tourists.
Prior to the cleaning programme, students of different schools organised rallies with colourful posters, banners etc. on the theme on the way to the Digha Science Center, the venue of the inaugural programme. In his address, Hon’ble Minister-in Charge expressed hope that the students can aware effectively the general people not to use the sea as large dustbin. Prof. Ananda Dev Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, Digha-Sankarpur Development Authority in his address as the Chief Guest deliberated on various aspects of the sea and coastal pollution. In his inaugural lecture Dr. S.K. Sarkar, Member Secretary, West Bengal Pollution Control Board mentioned the significance of the programme at Digha. Among others, Shri Satyajit Chakraboty,General Secretary, Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha also addressed the gathering.