Various activities scheduled in response to World Environment Day. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – World Environment Day (June 5) in Vietnam will be organised under the theme “Nature’s call and our actions” by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) with a variety of activities.

In a document issued on May 6, the ministry called on other ministries, state agencies, authorities of cities and provinces and concerned organisations nationwide to join activities of the Action Month for the Environment in response to World Environment Day.

Ceremonies and parades in celebration of World Environment Day will take place across the country while banners and posters that promote biodiversity protection and the fight against illegal trade in wildlife will be placed at public places and main streets to improve public awareness on the environmental issues.

Media agencies at national and local levels were requested to increase coverage of news and documentaries regarding environment protection and illegal wildlife trade prevention from now to the end of June.

More activities are also scheduled, including freeing wild animals, planting trees, recycling, environmental cleaning, collecting litter, and dredging canals and lakes.

Northern Lao Cai province will be the host of the national celebration of World Environment Day this year.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day aims to inspire people around the world to take action to prevent the strain on planet Earth’s natural systems from reaching breaking point.

This year’s theme is the fight against illegal wildlife trade, which erodes the precious biodiversity and threatens the survival of awe-inspiring species, such as elephants, rhinos and tigers, as well as other creatures that are less celebrated.

Vietnam began observing the day in 1982 and has undertaken many activities to contribute to raising public awareness on environment protection and sustainable development.-VNA