“Together for Better Environment” - EU and MEPA Mark World Environment Day
05 June, 2020
“Together for Better Environment” - EU and MEPA Mark World Environment Day
On June 5, 2020, the EU marks World Environment Day within the framework of the Green Week information campaign, held in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the EU Delegation to Georgia states.

“Today we celebrate World Environment Day. Through the European Green Deal and other initiatives, the European Union has made environmental protection and the fight against climate change key priorities, in line with our ambition to be climate neutral by 2050. Here in
Georgia our common efforts to protect the environment are advancing year by year, thanks to the realization of the government, civil society and so many Georgians of the importance of being ambitious in this field. COVID-19 has brought hardship to us all, and we are now focussing our efforts to assist in a rapid socio-economic recovery. The European Union, its Member States and financial institutions (Team Europe) will be standing by Georgia in this process. There is an opportunity in every crisis, and the upcoming recovery period presents a chance to make further changes towards a greener, healthier, and more sustainable Georgia. You can count on the EU also in this endeavor, whether to advance our joint efforts for cleaner air and water resources, better waste management, more energy efficiency, or the protection of biodiversity.

When speaking about the environment, the main stakeholders are our children and future generations. And the younger generation should see its role as something more than just an audience and passive recipient of the decisions of others. Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to become the shakers and movers when it comes to bringing about the necessary changes, to set the example and to become role models for what a sustainable lifestyle looks like. We need your engagement for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly Georgia! “- stated Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia.

“World Environment Day is the most important day for all environmentalists, as it unites the whole world to protect the environment! When we talk about environmental protection, we mean a variety of important issues, but this year the world is paying close attention to the importance of biodiversity because biodiversity ensures the sustainability of ecosystems and has vital importance in the formation and development of the environment and natural resources. In order to protect biodiversity, it is crucial to make joint efforts with the involvement of all sectors. It is important to remember that it is our responsibility to preserve and protect the environment for future generations!” – noted Mr. Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June: engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. In 2020, the theme of the day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity is commonly referred to as biodiversity. Declining biodiversity is a concern for many reasons: the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

The Green Week information campaign is being conducted from June 2 to June 8. Due to COVID-19-related health and safety recommendations, activities are being implemented solely on social media, traditional media (TV and radio platforms).
This year the main highlight of the campaign is also World Environment Day 2020  theme – biodiversity, its importance for the environment, and our health. The campaign underlines the key role of each person and the input they can provide to the protection of the environment. It centers around 52 tips and little steps that everyone can make throughout the year to protect the environment, ecofacts, and information on EU-supported initiatives that are being implemented locally to protect the nature, biodiversity, natural resources of Georgia.

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