World Environment Day Celebrations in North America
June 15, 2013 by
The World Environment Day celebrations in the United States were held at Portland. The choice of the venue was because of the city’s leadership in the field of sustainability. The major global event was hosted in Mongolia. The theme for this year’s environment day was Think.Eat.Save – Reduce Your Footprint.
World Environment Day in Portland
The event at Portland included displays of 50 paintings from the International Painting Competition held for Children at the Native American Student and Community Centre at the State University in Portland. The theme for this year’s competition was “Water: Where Does It Come From?” These paintings will be on display till the 31st of October.
A vote on Proclamation of World Environment Day was held at 9:30 am at the city council in Portland. A panel of experts on sustainability released a report on the topic of global food waste at 10:30 am. A sidewalk procession was held at 11:30 am. This was led by a giant salmon and was followed by a long river.
Hotspots to Hopespots, a thirteen minute film on human impact to the environment which includes the shrinking of the ozone layer, carbon hotspots, and tar sands development at Alberta was screened at Roosevelt High School at 2:30pm. The movie screening came as a part of the Food Water and the Environment workshop for the students of the high school. This was presided over by Dr. Mae Jemison, who is also the first African American astronaut. The festivities were concluded at RoZone in the Rose Festival at Portland. Animal costumes, fly-tying, and mask making were major attractions at this event. This event was a family event and took the dual role of also being the closing part of this program.
Eco-Friendly Promotional Items Encouraged at World Environment Day
This event attracted a large number of people. With a painting competition, movie screening, sidewalk procession, and the rose festival, this World Environment Day in Portland had a little bit in it for every age group. But the fun did not stop there. In addition to all the festivities, eco friendly promotional items were also encouraged at the event. Food waste is a serious topic and the Government and UN are taking steps in the right direction. It was a great opportunity to make people aware of the changes taking place around them so that they can act accordingly in the future.