The Taxi Driver Association of Bhutan comes to the Lingkana Palace to offer a cake to Her Majesty on this day every year. The heads of the three branches of the armed forces also offered, on behalf of the Armed Forces, a cake to Her Majesty.
Her Majesty granted as Soelra cakes to the Zilukha Anim Dratshang, Ability Bhutan Society, Pediatric Ward of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and Drak-Tsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth.
The world environment day will be observed coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday from this year onwards, as a tribute to Her Majesty’s patronage of the environment sector in Bhutan.
In an address at the commemoration, Her Majesty said that World Environment day is of great relevance and consequence to millions of people who understand the importance of protecting our environment.
Underlining this year’s theme of “Think, Eat, Save – a global initiative on addressing food waste,” Her Majesty said that roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, and that more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
“These alarming figures put us in mind of the fact that these are losses that we cannot accept and in our resource-constrained world, there is simply no place for avoidable waste,” Her Majesty said.
Her Majesty said that as a product of boarding school, every student learns the value of food, and these sentiments remain for a lifetime.
“Today, when we talk about the initiative Think, Eat, Save, it reminds us how crucial it is to set on a path of resource efficiency and sustainable development to help both our environment and our economy,” Her Majesty said. “If we can all commit to, or even just reflect on this global initiative, our collective efforts will result in the success of our aspirations, for a finer and more optimistic future.”
Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen planted a tree to commemorate the day.
The event, which was organized by the National Environment Commission (NEC), was attended by the Yangbi Lopon, Advisors to the Interim Government, and Senior government officials.