This year “Forests: Nature at Your Service” is the theme for World Environment Day, an annual event celebrated on 5 June that calls for positive environmental action worldwide.

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In conjunction with this event, hundreds of Belizean children will participate in various activities in all six districts ranging from planting hundreds of trees to cleaning the river-ways, reducing, reusing and recycling materials to creating awareness about the importance of a healthy environment over a four month period.  These activities will be spearheaded by The Scout Association of Belize with support from UNICEF.  An official launch will be conducted at Camp Oakley where 100 trees will be planted in commemoration of the 100 years of the work and in celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, 2011 following a brief ceremony at the conference room of the Scout Association, Civic Center at 10:00 a.m. 

World Environment Day was first celebrated in 1972 and is now considered one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations promotes worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages social and political attention followed by concrete actions.

Through celebration of this event, The Scouts Association of Belize and UNICEF aim at creating greater awareness in recognizing the rights of children and families to a healthy environment.  In addition, the programme will enable all those participants participating in the activities to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

The Scout Association of Belize believes that more attention must be paid to the safeguarding and protection of our Belizean environment and the over one-thousand Belizean Scouts along with all who wish to join them can serve as agents and guardians of our environment as all Belizeans have a right to a healthy environment to ensure a healthy nation.  They also believe that by sharing information among boys and girls about the fragility and vital importance of the environment and by putting into practice what they learn, young Belizeans will be taking a positive step towards a healthy environment for all Belizeans to live in. 

UNICEF reiterates the right that children have to a healthy environment especially the disadvantaged and marginalized.  In addition, it calls on children from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener Belize for themselves and future generations.

The Scout Association of Belize and UNICEF take this opportunity to invite boys and girls to join in activities and ensure that World Environment does not end on 5 June but that the environment is taken care of, every day of our lives.  Let this be a call for action to join in all the activities or organize your own activities to make Belize a greener one.