Over 2,800 people descended into Port Moresby Nature Park on Saturday to celebrate World Environment Day.
Held in partnership with BSP Bank, over 22 organisations from Government, Corporate and Charitable Sectors put on many colourful, interactive and informative displays aimed at providing valuable tools to visitors in simple ways we can improve and support the environment.
The UN declared theme for this years World Environment Day is ‘Connecting people with Nature’, fitting said Port Moresby Nature Park’s General Manager, Ms McGeorge as this was the mission of the Nature Park which will be celebrating its 5th birthday in two weeks time.
“Many of the world’s population live in urban settings, including those of us that live in Port Moresby, so this years theme is about us taking time to get back to nature to remember that we must support a happy and healthy environment by making positive choices that support the environment,” Ms McGeorge said.
The UNDP also attended the day with their stall highlighting their works with the REDD+ program and the 17 Goals to transform the world.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP, Mr Roy Trivedy said he was immensely impressed with the quality of the World Environment Day Celebrations held at the Nature Park and the time and thought that each stall participant had put in to ensure displays were interactive and focused on educating visitors. Mr Trivedy said he was also impressed with the turnout of the crowds who were clearly enjoying their time in the park.
The Nature Park put on a number of animal shows which impressed the crowds as well as there being numerous other activities including the BSP obstacle course, face painting, colouring activities, games and quizzes at many stalls and multiple prize draws and giveaways that stall participants gave out throughout the course of the day.
BSP’s Brand Ambassador, Mr Ryan Pini also attended to help give out BSP prizes to visitors that successfully answered a secret phrase which was answered by visiting the various stall holders.
In addition to Port Moresby Nature Park, BSP and UNDP the other organisations that attended on the day included: Brian Bell Group, Climate Change Development Authority, Douglas Environmental Services, Eco Services, Eda Ranu, KKKingston, Kreative Kanaka, Love Your Coast, PNG Environmental Solutions, PNG Help, PNG Power, Red Cross, RSPCA of PNG, Solar Solutions, Sustainable Coastlines, Total Waste Management, Tru Gas PNG, UPNG Environmental Science Students.
This is the fifth year that Port Moresby Nature Park has held World Environment Day with Michelle McGeorge advising that the Park would continue to do so each year as the significance of the day should never be forgotten.
The Nature Park’s next big public day will be on Sun 24 Sept for a combined Pasin Tumbuna Day and Lukim PNG Nau Expo held in Partnership with sponsor PNG TPA.
Burgess Yopolo, Marketing & Communications Manager, Port Moresby Nature Park
Photos courtesy of Port Moresby Nature Park