Do you love your environment? If you do, you will protect, preserve and be passionate about every aspect of it. It is just like a real ‘love affair’ – a life-long commitment!
The sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, celebrates Oman Environment Day on January 8 upon the directives of His Majesty, Late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, to embody the role played by the sultanate in preserving the environment and support efforts made to protect the country’s natural resources.
January 8 is an annual environment event in which the sultanate celebrates the environmental developments at local and international levels in the field of environment protection, and emphasises the contribution of society and government and private institutions in the protection and conservation of natural resources.
The UN-established World Environment Day, however, is observed on June 5 every year to bring increased awareness to worldwide environmental concerns, like climate change, deforestation, pollution of the world’s oceans, and unsustainable development that could harm plant and animal species. Since its inception, World Environment Day has spread to over 140 countries and has had its main celebratory event held on all the six inhabited continents. The day calls for attention to the need to protect the earth and its life forms, the vital importance of water, the need to protect the ozone layer, the ill effects of excessive deforestation, the plight of ‘wildlife crimes’, and leaving behind a beautiful planet for future generations.
It’s time to make a difference
“Last year has truly been a year of change for all of us here at ESO, and we are taking everything we’ve learned in 2020 into this new year. This pandemic has taught us so much on both, individual levels and as an organisation, we’ve had to continue our work, no matter what, and were able to quickly adapt to achieve some great results in the last year. We’ve also been very lucky to have such incredible support from both organisations and the general public, which helped us achieve our goals and continue our efforts in raising awareness in terms of a sustainable lifestyle and preserving Oman’s rich natural heritage,” says H H Tania al Said, president, Environment Society of Oman.
“Kicking off the new year with Oman Environment Day, we need to come together and work towards creating a positive impact on the country’s environment, as well as prepare ourselves for a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. Tomorrow we celebrate Oman Environment Day. It is also a time of year when we think about making New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s all think about individual actions we can take in our own lives to positively impact Oman’s Environment, because together we can make a difference – it’s time!” she added.
Here are some things you can do to save Oman’s environment. These tips have been adapted from ‘Fifty Simple Things You Can Do To Save Oman’s Environment’ second edition, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs:
Keep water clean
Keep Oman clean
Look after land
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