President appeal to make conservation of Nature and Environment People’s Movement

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June 2008, President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil said that every member of our society will have to contribute to the task of conservation sof nature and environment and make this people’s movement in which local bodies, civil societies and NGOs can participate.

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Honourable President of India launched
the ‘Kaun Banega Bharat Ka Paryavaran Ambassador’ Campaign on the
occasion of World Environment Day - June 5, 2008

On the issue of climate change, the President said even though the generation of Green House Gases in India is much less than that of developed countries, India is a responsible member of the world community; India gives high leveled and focused attention to climate change. She drew attention to the fact that the harshest impact is being felt by the poorest in the world who have had hardly any share in causing this problem. Global discussions on climate change must, therefore, bear in mind that the process of burden sharing should be fair and in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities. Referring to this year’s World Environment Day slogan, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil expressed the hope that new and advanced technologies will play a key role in achieving the objective of picking right choice to reduce carbon emission.

On the ocassion of the World Environment Day, Smt Pratibha Patil launched the Kaun Banega Paryavaran Campaign and also presented the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to Dr. Kamal
Singh, Vice Chancellor of Sant Gadge Baba Amrawati University of Maharashtra, Shri Jagadish Babla of Uttaranchal and Dr. Amrita Patel of Gujarat, for their contribution in protecting and conserving our environment. She also conveyed her good wishes to Ms. Shefalika, the Young Environmentalist of the year.

World Environment Day 2008 in India
The World Environment Day (WED) is observed annually on 5 June as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action on environmental issues. WED is observed to inspire action by governments, individuals, NGOs, youth and general community to improve their environment. The WED slogan and theme for the year 2008 is “CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy”. The theme and slogan
highlight that Climate Change is the defining issue of our times and the challenge needs to be addressed by all of us. The day is observed in more than 100 countries.

In India the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) organizes special events on WED. The
slogan announced by UNEP has been adapted by the MoEF to “CO2, Pick Right! Towards
Sustainability and Growth”.

Pick Right! is a positive message which encourages each individual to reflect on lifestyle choices which matter in dealing with Climate Change. The choices we do make in our everyday living are vital in the carbon footprint that we leave on earth. By making the right choices we can lead our future towards sustainability and growth.

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The site links to many more useful resources including:
• CO2 Calculator
• National Action Plan
• Publication of Ministry of Environment and Forests
• The Bureau of Energy Efficiency
• Presentation by Dr. R K Pachauri
• Articles
• Creeping Disasters
• Why all the Fuss?
• Mangoes and Global Warming
• The Need to Act
• A Cooler Planet!

More information about the UNEP WED theme ‘Kick the Habit’ is at

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