The approach and dissemination of information on Earth Day should be diversified to attract public interest and their participation in environmental conservation and Earth safety. The environmental education programmes are important and must be carried out continuously in line with the needs of the generation. The Minister of Development made the recommendations during Earth Day Celebration at the Ministry of Development yesterday morning.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar said that this year's celebration carries the theme "Protect Our Species". It is related to the functions of the ministry both directly or indirectly. According to Yang Berhormat, initiatives or efforts by the ministry also contributed to conservation and protection of flora and fauna in general, including land or marine life. These include introducing policy, guidelines and enforcement of various law related to environment, such as the introduction of Environmental Impact Assessment or EIA to development process. The policy, guidelines and laws related to the environment have become a requirement and guide to all parties including the government, private sector and stakeholders.

Earlier, the reading of Surah Yasin and Tahlil in conjunction with Earth Day took place at the ministry's surau.

Dayang Martinah binti Haji Tamit, Acting Director of Environment, Parks and Recreation in her welcoming speech touched on the threat to species and their extinction at a global level which was caused by human activities such as deforestation, trade and illegal hunting as well as pollution.

The Minister of Development also launched a video animation on No Plastic Bag Everyday. The video also visualised the harm of plastic bags to marine animals as well as to the ecosystem in general and encouraged the usage of recycle bags at department stores, retail stores, restaurants and food stalls.

The event also saw a briefing that focused on this year's Earth Day theme.

The Minister of Development also handed over prizes to winners of the No Plastic Bag Everyday Poster Competition.

Also in attendance was Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development.

Source: Radio Television Brunei