GIS - September 14, 2012: In the context of the of Clean Up the World 2012 campaign, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has planned a month-long schedule of activities throughout the island with a view to protecting the environment. The theme of the 2012 campaign is “Our Place…Our Planet…Our Responsibility”.
The objective of the campaign is to bring together non-government organisations, community groups, schools, Government, businesses and individuals to undertake activities to improve water quality, clean up streets, parks, waterways and forests and sensitise children on the need to maintain a healthy environment. It is a reminder to the world population that it is the responsibility of each and everyone to undertake actions to protect our local area, our country and our planet for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Clean Up the World is an Australia initiative which was launched internationally in 1993 with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme. Every year, during the 3rd week of September, different activities are undertaken under this initiative by some 35 million people around 130 countries, including Mauritius. This is a global effort as the campaign brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals in a range of activities and programmes that positively and effectively improve the local environment.
In this context, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with various stakeholders is organising a clean-up of water courses at Rivière Seche on 26 September. Clean –up activities are scheduled as follows: Trou aux Cerfs on 4 October; Poudre D’Or Village on 10 October and Clemencia Village on 17 October.
The Ministry will also carry out clean-up campaigns, amongst others, at Twilight Cave, Roche Noires and Ile de La Passe, Mahebourg, and will undertake the following activities: collection of used mobile phones and batteries; distribution of medicinal plants and plant trees and the promotion of the campaign To Zetté To Tassé.