By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
According to the United Nation’s Environment, ‘9 out of 10 people worldwide are exposed to high levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels set by the World Health Organisation.’
Port Moresby Nature Park kicked off the World Environment Day celebrations in PNG under the global theme, ‘Air Pollution’.
Park General Manager, Michelle McGeorge, said “I hope that individuals will leave the park today knowing that they have the power to make a positive impact on their environment.”
Over 2000 children, parents and individuals turned up at Port Moresby Nature Park to commemorate World Environment Day. Besides seeing animals, there were so many things to do.
Although World Environment Day is celebrated globally on the 5th of June, the park decided to kick off the celebrations early in PNG.
This year’s theme is ‘Air Pollution’, which summons individuals to consider how they can change their lives to diminish the amount of air pollution they produce and prevent its impact to global heating and its effects on people’s health.
Park Manager McGeorge, hopes that those present, especially the children will leave the park knowing they can make a greater impact in their environment.
Over 30 different environmental and conservation organizations also showcased their work to help those present, understand the importance of protecting and looking after their land, biodiversity and homes.