As we begin the New Year, we would like to thank you all for your contribution towards attaining a clean, safe and healthy environment, and in particular your participation in environmental programmes such as the National Clean up Launch held early December 2018.
It is prudent to utilise this day in taking stock of our actions and see where we did well or bad for the environment which we live and depend on.
You need to ask yourself a few questions.
– Did I contribute positively to environmental wellbeing?
-Were my actions on the environment centred on sustainable environmental management?
– Am I not the one who polluted the water bodies close to my home?
– Am I not behind the environmental degradation in my area?
– Was I not one of the people who littered the environment?
Congratulations if you were a good environmental steward in 2018.
If not, let the old habits die as the year ends. Give yourself another chance in 2019.
Play your part towards greening our lovely nation and solving the pressing environmental issues at hand such as waste management, land degradation, pollution and veld fire management.
As you plan your resolutions for 2019, spare a thought for the environment.
Be an active participant in environmental programmes.
Know the environmental calendar and play your part in spreading environmental information during these days.
Of note is the National Clean Up Day, which falls on the First Friday of every month declared by His Excellency, the President of Zimbawe, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, where all stakeholders are supposed to clean their places of work, residents, worship and surroundings.
His Excellency, President Mnangagwa led by example in a clean up campaign in Harare recently.
The First Clean-up Day for 2019 is on the 4th of January 2019 and all citizens are expected to participate from 0800hours to 1000hours in a bid to create clean environs.
The world is moving towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Participating in the Clean-up crusade is a step in achieving SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production, respectively.
The dictum – “Zimbabwe is now open for Business” must be supported by a welcoming, clean, safe and healthy environment to woe investors.
This thrust provides an opportunity for reconstruction and transformation of the economy to one which is capable of creating maximum opportunities for people to live a full and dignified life, not only for this generation but also for generations to come.
The Environmental Management Agency wishes you all the success in 2019.
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