The World Environment Day was celebrated at Department of Zoology, University of Madras on June 5. The event was organised by ENVIS (Environmental Information System) Centre. The ENVIS Centre setup in the Department of Zoology, Guindy Campus, University of Madras is assigned a responsibility for the collection, collation and dissemination of information on the subject area of ‘Microorganisms and Environment Management’.
The slogan for world Environment Day 2009 was “Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change” and the theme is Climate Change and the broader consequences of environmental change and what society can do in response.
On this day the individuals, NGO’s community and youth groups organised activities to protect and develop the environment.
The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India has set up an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1982 to create the environmental awareness among varying user community such as researchers, academicians, scientists and the general public throughout the country to promote research as well as encourage the public for socially and environmentally sustainable development and also emphasize to protect our planet Earth.
Centres have been set up in the disciplines like Microorganisms and Environment Management, pollution control, toxic chemicals, central and offshore ecology, bio-degradation of wastes and environment management etc.
The World Environment Day highlights the initiatives that promote low carbon economies, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption and recycling efforts.
World Environment Day was celebrated with colorful events such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting as well as recycling and cleaning-up campaigns.
At this events organised by ENVIS, many school students from National Public School, Chettinad Vidhyashram, Groove School, P.S. Senior Secondary School, AMM Matriculation, Vidya Mandir were seen actively participating. many other students from schools as well as colleges participated.