SUBJECT : Celebration of World Environment Day 2018 

A Report on the Observation of World Environment Day

on 5th June 2018 at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar


World Environment Day (WED) is the most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974 out of World Conference of 1972, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

Above all, WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.

Forest & Environment Department, Government of Odisha assigned Centre for Environmental Studies (CES) to coordinate the selection of Prakruti Mitra & Prakruti Bandhu and organize State level function of World Environment Day-2018.

On 5th June 2018, the Centre for Environmental Studies organized the World Environment Day Function at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar. CES also organized an eco-model exhibition on the theme of WED-2018 i.e. BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION. Total 60 Models from eco-clubs of different districts participated in the exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Forest & Environment Minister, Odisha.

The students from various eco-clubs participated in state level model exhibition in Rabindra Mandap at 9.00 am on 5th June 2018. After valuation 1st prize winning model was awarded with cash prize of Rs.10,000/-, 2nd model was awarded with cash prize of Rs.8,000/-, 3rd model was awarded with cash prize of Rs.6,000/- and consolation model was awarded with cash prize of Rs.5,000/-. Besides, all participants received Rs.3,000/- as model fee. The following best three models received certificates from Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha.

Dr. Pratap Panda, Principal Scientist, Regional Plant Resource Centre, Bhubaneswar; Er. R.N. Prusty, Sr. Environment Engineer, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Bhubaneswar; Dr. P. Kumar, Scientist, Odisha Space Application Centre, Bhubaneswar were the judges for model exhibition.

Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha inaugurated this function by lighting the lamp. The function was started with the welcome song by Sruti, Bhubaneswar. Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha; Shri Bijayshree Routroy, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Odisha; Shri Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Department; Dr. K. Murugesan, IFS, Director, Environment-cum-Special Secretary, and Dr. Ashutosh Debata, Director, Centre for Environmental Studies-cum-ENVIS Coordinator were present in this function.

Chief Guest, Shri Naveen Patnaik said “Plastic has become the biggest threat to the survival of the mankind at this time. From monuments to tourist spots every place is polluted by plastic products. Therefore, we must pledge to reduce use of plastic and the right way is to recycle it. He called upon the participants to make Odisha plastic free”

Hon’ble Guest, Shri Bijayshree Routroy told “The WED theme invites people to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health. During inauguration of eco-model exhibition, he said Children know how to ban plastic and how to offer a solution to the growing problem caused by plastic.”   

Hon’ble Guest, Shri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra told “It is the time of action for us to combat plastic pollution combinedly. Plastic pollution has become a global menace. Government is endeavoring its best to cope with the challenge of making a sustainable planet by reducing the use of plastics. So, it is the responsibility of every individual to protect our environment.”

At first, Director, Environment gave welcome address and Director, CES extended vote of thanks. During the function an ENVIS Newsletter, Eco-club Guide Book, State Climate Change Action Plan, Climate Change Budget Coding & Heat Island Effect in an Industrial Cluster were released by the Hon’ble Chief Guest.

    Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha distributed “Prakruti Mitra” prizes to 161 organisations for their outstanding contribution to protect environment. Dignitaries from all Departments, Retired Officers, Officers/staffs of Forest & Environment Department, State Pollution Control Board, Chilika Development Authority, Regional Plant Resource Centre, students and general public attended this function.

Source: Odisha ENVIS Centre