GIS - 16 November 2015: Three factsheets on Ecological Footprint “How to reduce your ecological footprint at school and household level” geared towards sensitising the community about sustainable consumption and production, were launched by the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Jayeshwur Raj Dayal, on 13 November 2015 in Port Louis.
The factsheets targeting households and the school community comprise a number of tips and useful information that can be used to make informed decisions to promote sustainable lifestyle. The first factsheet on Basic facts on ecological footprint provides basic information on the impacts of human activities on the environment and ways and means to measure them. The other factsheets relating to Reducing ecological footprint at school and household levels provide tips with regard to efficient utilisation of resources at the household and school level respectively.
Addressing the media, the Minister stated that he strongly believes that it is through education and awareness campaigns that the citizens can be empowered to take responsible decisions in their daily lives. “We need to review our way of living”, he added.
Mr Dayal urged citizens to adopt green attitudes by composting domestic wastes, collecting and using rainwater, planting trees, and greening and embellishing their surroundings, amongst others. With a view to contribute to the enhancement of environmental education and awareness among all, these factsheets will be circulated to the public at large.
“We believe that the youngsters and the public will fully benefit from the information contained in these factsheets”, said the Minister.