Habitatcare and Protection Initiative joined other stakeholders in Imo State of Nigeria to celebrate the 2012 World Environment Day with the theme ‘Green Economy: Does it include you’. This involved a series of activities that were planned to highlight issues of the environment especially as it concerns the theme for the year. An essay competition was organized for students of secondary schools so as to take the message of the environment down to them and inculcate the habit of environmental consciousness in them at an early stage.
A stakeholder’s consultative/interactive forum was held on the 4th
June, 2012 at the conference room of the UNIDO laboratory, Ministry of Environment, Prefab Area, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria. This was to set the stage for the main commemorative activity and involved different stakeholders such as civil society, women groups, market leaders, youth groups, students, the academia, environment practitioners and people from the government ministries and parastatals. The forum was anchored by Dr. Odili Ojukwu and included a paper on ‘The state of Environment of Imo State: An Overview’ presented by the Imo state commissioner for Petroleum and Environment Chief Steve Ahaneku. It was a very interactive session where participants had opportunity to articulate issues of the environment from their perspective and proffer practical methods of addressing adverse issues of the environment. It also discussed how the environment concerns us all especially the ‘Green Economy’ and how to keep environmental issues and concerns on the front burner of contemporary discourse. About 100 participants were in attendance and a communiqué was issued at the end of the forum.
On June, 7th 2012, the official commemorative activity in the state
held at the Concorde Hotel, Owerri, Imo State and was attended by the State Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha and his wife with other prominent government officials.
People from all walks of life and strata of society were in attendance and the activities for the day included a video documentary on ‘Green Economy’. There was a commemorative public lecture delivered by Prof. M. O. E. Iwuala of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri with the topic ‘Green Economy; The Practical Implications’ which was well received by the audience. There were also goodwill messages from partners and stakeholders with an appearance by the Miss Earth, 2011/2012, Munachi Uzoma. Awards were presented to the winners of the essay competition and the activities were spiced up with cultural performances by the Omenimo cultural troupe of Imo State as well as a playlet/drama by the group from National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) office in Owerri. Over 500 participants attended the event. All together it was a worthwhile way to commemorate the 2012 WED as post WED activities are still going on.