NEPA urges public to change habits as Jamaica observes Earth Day

NEPA urges public to change habits as Jamaica observes Earth Day

Friday, April 21, 2017

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THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) — the government body charged with simultaneously regulating the protection of Jamaica’s natural resources and facilitating responsible development across the island — has issued an appeal to the public to change some of its habits in order to preserve the environment for this and future generations.


The call to action coincides with Earth Day 2017, being observed today, April 22 under the theme "Environmental and Climate Literacy" — underscoring the need to empower global citizens with the knowledge to inspire action for environmental protection.


NEPA said it will be using a mix of traditional and social media messages throughout the year to educate the public about simple, but effective, measures that they can incorporate into their daily lives to protect the environment. Public Education and Corporate Communications Manager Shaniek Parks gave some examples.


"The steps that people can take include: taking reusable bags to the supermarket to transport their groceries; using LED light bulbs to conserve energy; planting a tree when and where possible; not disposing of garbage in gullies or on roadways; and saying NO to open burning! Rather than having your garbage go up in smoke, dispose of the non-biodegradable portion responsibly and compost the rest," said Parks.


"We all have to take responsibility for the protection of the Earth and its natural resources," added director of the Environmental Management and Conservation Division at NEPA Anthony McKenzie. "As stewards of the environment, positive actions in our communities and at home will result in a more sustainable Jamaica," he said.


Earth Day is observed in 192 countries around the world to increase awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.


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