On World Environment Day yesterday, a senior official at the Environment Ministry called on all stakeholders to continue protecting the environment and conserving natural resources and biodiversity in order to maintain a sustainable future for the next generation.
The call was made during World Environment Day celebrations under the theme of “Air Pollution” in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city, where about 1,000 people joined the event.
Mom Thany, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Environment, highlighted the importance of protecting the environment, which requires all stakeholders to improve management of natural resources and work hard on finding appropriate solutions to secure a sustainable future.
“We have to work together to start taking care of our earth, starting from each person, village, district to countries around the world and promote environmental protection, natural resources management, conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development,” Ms Thany said.
“I would like to call on all relevant parties including, state institutions, the private sector, development partners and the public, especially the youth, to join us in protecting the environment, natural resources, and biodiversity through all means and possibilities for the benefit of the next generation,” she added.
Ms Thany said that the Cambodian government has adhered to the protection and preservation of natural resources and sustainable livelihoods by adopting the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2023 and the ratification of several international conventions related to the environment.
Koeng Vannak, Banteay Meanchey deputy governor, said that the degradation of the environment is caused by human activities.
He noted that the earth is at risk due to excessive forest exploitation, pollution of water, soil and air, as well as loss of biodiversity and the deterioration of the ozone layer, saying that these are the main causes of climate change.
“Through previous research, the consequences of climate change have seriously affected people’s well-being,” Mr Vannak said. “So, I would like to call on all citizens to participate in the protection of the environment, conserve biodiversity, learn about environmental issues and stop destroying the environment whether it is done intentionally or unintentionally.”
According to a study cited by the Ministry of Environment, there are seven million deaths around the globe each year due to air pollution, with four million in the Asia-Pacific region.
The study also noted that air pollution costs the global economy more than $5 trillion every year in welfare costs.