Nuku’alofa – May 30, 2019: 12.55pm (Enviro News): People need to understand the importance of keeping the environment ‘pollution free and clean’ as Tonga celebrates the Environment Week from June 2 to June 8 under the theme ‘Beat Pollution’.
The Minister of Environment (MEIDECC), Hon Poasi Tei said this was important to ensure that Tonga enjoys a clean and healthy environment.
This year’s theme has been taken out of the international theme for 2019.
Hon Tei said people need to understand the importance of keeping the environment “pollution free and clean as it will ensure a higher quality of life for Tonga”.
“The Environment Week” will be an opportunity for us to bring that awareness through again to the people,” he said.
“We hope that we will be able to increase people’s understanding the importance of having a pollution free and clean environment and how we can work together in bringing about change if we are taking small steps of action and that collectively we can make a difference for our country’s health, resilience and prosperity.”
The official programme will start off with the ‘Environment Week Church Service’ at the Sopu Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga at 10am on Sunday, June 2.
Field trips to mangrove planting sites in Hihifo will be a feature during the week, with secondary school students getting the opportunity to see first-hand the work that is being done in helping build community resilience, following additional trips to view important environmentally related sites.
The involvement of community members in this year’s programme is a key feature, with the Department of Environment currently hosting a ‘Trash Challenge’ competition through its social media pages.
Secondary school students were also part of a ‘Environment Quiz’ competition organised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of MEIDECCC.
Liahona High School claimed first prize out of eight (8) schools who participated in the quiz in the month of May.
Prizes for both competitions will be presented during the Environment Week.