Monday, September 19, 2005

Netto backs comminity approach to environment

Promoting a sense of community spirit and civic pride directed at creating awareness towards our environment is the best way to tackling the hard problem of how we as individuals, can make a real difference to the betterment of our environment.

That was the view expressed by Jaime Netto, Environment Minister, this weekend as he joined the local staging of the 'Clean up the World' campaign.

Mr Netto said that the hardest problem which we face when dealing with environmental problems is trying to create not just awareness but a sense of responsibility towards our environment.

“Creating within all of us, a sense of civic pride towards our environment, for example through cleaning up after ourselves and not throwing litter. This awareness in searching for our individual conscious is a very hard issue to overcome, so much so, that it makes the other daily government tasks towards the environment, appear easy in comparison,” said Mr Netto.

Mr Netto explained that this was why Government welcomes and fully supports such events.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of creating awareness and responsibility towards the environment. Everyone can create awareness, we can all help to create a sense of responsibility within ourselves, not just by not throwing litter but also by reminding those who do, that such actions, are not only against the law, but have a negative impact on our environment, our quality of life and our health.

By participating in events such as this one, Government is not relinquishing its responsibility to our environment, after all we assume such growing responsibility throughout the year but rather participating and even taking advantage of every possible situation to act in a positive manner, always with the aim of enhancing our environment.”

Related Article and Links:

Environmental Safety Group (ESG)

15 September 2005 - Only 48 hours to go to Gibraltar's 'Clean up the World' weekend

Clean up the World International Organisation

15 September 2005 - Ministry for the Environment pleased to support the ESG's 'Clean up the World' weekend

26 August 2005 - ESG requests volunteers for the 'Clean up the World' weekend in September

View ESG Images in our Gibraltar Pictures Gallery


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