A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2005

World Environment Day celebrated each year on 5th June, is one of the prime means through which the West Bengal Pollution Control Board stimulates environmental awareness within the state. The celebration of the day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. The World Environment Day theme selected by the United Nations Environment Programme for 2005 was "Green cities: Plan for the Planet".

World Environment Day is a people's event and was adorned with colourful activities like sit-and-draw competition and quiz competition involving school children at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Salt Lake. In the morning, children of three different age-groups between six and fourteen years participated in a sit-and-draw competition, whereas children upto 16 years of age took part in a quiz competition. These two events, organised in association with Pashchim Banga Vigyan Mancha, were aimed to generate awareness for environmental protection among these school children. Also, at the same ceremony at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, prizes were distributed to the winners of the sit-and-draw competition that was held last year.

The main celebrations of the World Environment Day 2005 in West Bengal were held at Paribesh Bhaban, Kolkata. Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Deptts. of Information Technology & Environment, Shri Manabendra Mukherjee presided over the function.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated an ‘Information Kiosk’ that is being displayed at the reception counter of Paribesh Bhaban, Salt Lake. The kiosk will display all relevant information of the WBPCB including useful know-how’s related to consent administration as well as air and water quality data of West Bengal. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also released six publications and one CD bearing the following titles:

The Chief Minister’s speech, during the programme at Paribesh Bhaban, was the most significant aspect on World Environment Day 2005. His speech summarised the future agenda that would be followed by the State Department of Environment and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board throughout the year. The Chief Minister stressed upon the fact that environmental protection is a major global concern in both developed and developing countries, and there have been both conflicts and consensus on various popular environmental issues. The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Hon’ble Environment Minister, on the occasion of World Environment Day at Paribesh Bhaban, summarised the future agenda that would be followed by the State Department of Environment and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board throughout the year. A summary of the issues raised is discussed below.