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20th of July 2018

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Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graces opening of Annual Environment Officers Conference - BBS

Tshering Dendup, Thimphu Jul 4, 2018

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the inaugural session of the Annual Environment Officers Conference in Thimphu yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, Her Majesty, who is the Patron of Environment in the country said, “Everyone can make a difference through dedication and consistency and our actions on the World Environment Day should not remain symbolic standalone activities, but instead must be practiced every day.”

Her Majesty also highlighted that although Bhutan is known for its efforts towards environmental conservation, “yet the increase in plastic waste and litter is clearly evident especially in urban spaces such as Thimphu. It is visible along the footpaths of our morning and evening walks.”

Therefore, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen emphasised on the urgent need to address plastic pollution in the country.

“I encourage you all to be more mindful, more involved and to take this year’s theme to beat plastic pollution back to our homes and to remember it long after we are done with this programme. For any initiative to be successful, dedication and consistency are essential. We must all remind ourselves that our actions on the World Environment Day should not remain symbolic standalone activities, but instead must be practiced every day. It is a personal commitment that we must make for the future of our children and our children’s children.”

Her Majesty also encouraged districts and thromdes to eliminate use of plastics with greener alternatives, utilising natural materials and reusable products.Fourteen schools in the country were also awarded the certificate of recognition for their active involvement in Reducing, Recycling and Rethinking on waste management.

The three-day conference will discuss and resolve prominent issues and challenges related to environment conservation. 

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