The Ministry of Home Affairs is bringing “awareness to preservation and sustainability” on World Environment Day today [June 5] while planning additional celebrations for World Ocean Day on June 8.

A spokesperson said, “Today, 5 June, the Ministry of Home Affairs celebrates World Environment Day 2019 and will celebrate World Ocean Day on 8 June, 2019.

“The Ministry is deeply aware of the need for change to minimise the impact of challenges such as plastic pollution in our oceans, issues associated with climate change, loss of biodiversity due to human impacts, over fishing, and the general depletion of the world’s resources.

“In 1974 the world celebrated its first World Environment day with the theme “Only One Earth”. With this in mind, the Government is committed to raising awareness of the need to take care of our planet and to take action to protect our island home.”

The Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban commented, “Preserving our islands beauty and resources is a very personal matter to me. The Ministry of Home Affairs has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to preserve our island home, its unique natural biodiversity and show case what can and should be done to minimise human impact on our planet.

“Later today, I am pleased that we will be unveiling yet another initiative, the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme, that aims to address ocean preservation that will preserve our ocean resources and strengthen our economy.”

“In light of both World Environment Day and the upcoming World Ocean Day – the Ministry would like to take this opportunity to highlight actions being taken to specifically address some of the challenges our environment faces.

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