PRESS RELEASE

World Environment Day celebrated each year on 5th June, is one of the prime means through which the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) stimulates environmental awareness within the state of West Bengal. The World Environment Day theme selected by the United Nations Environment Programme for 2004 is "Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?" The theme asks that we make a choice as to how we want to treat the seas and oceans of our planet.

The main WBPCB celebrations of the World Environment Day 2004 will be held at Paribesh Bhaban, Kolkata. Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal will be the Chief Guest in the occasion. The Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Deptts. of Information Technology & Environment, Shri Manabendra Mukherjee will preside over the function. The Hon’ble Chief Minister will release two books titled "Judicial Pronouncement on Environment" and "West Bengal Environmental Campaign: An Update".

The book "Judicial Pronouncement on Environment" provides an insight of the important environmental rulings by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the High Courts and the Appellate Authorities, as well as various directions of the Board published from time to time. "West Bengal Environmental Campaign: An Update" presents a clear picture of the series of environmental awareness activities conducted under the WBPCB Environmental Campaign, a programme aimed to employ the tool of mass awareness to solve the existing environmental problems. The Hon’ble Chief Minister will also launch a CD on the ambient air quality data compiled over the last one decade.

On the same day, an electromagnetic board will be inaugurated, which is to be displayed at Esplanade, Kolkata. This board will display the air quality data and also the water quality data in due course. The data generated from the ambient air quality monitoring stations will be directly transferred and displayed for public information.

World Environment Day is a people's event and will be adorned with colourful activities like sit-and-draw competition and quiz competition involving school children at Yuba Bharati Krirangan. These two programmes, organised in association with Pashchim Banga Vigyan Mancha, are aimed to generate awareness for environmental protection among the school children of different age groups. Also, at a ceremony at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, prizes will be distributed to the winners of the sit-and-draw competition that was held last year. The other important event of the day would include a cultural programme on environment at the Rabindra Sadan Complex premises.

In short, the celebrations of the World Environment Day 2004 would reflect the underlying objective of the Board, which is to provide a clean and safe environment for the future welfare of our state and the prosperity of its people.