Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced an event to commemorate 2nd June, which marks the Coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and has been traditionally celebrated in Bhutan with an environment theme.
Addressing the event, Her Majesty expressed concerns about the increase in waste generation, and said that Her Majesty is aware of and disheartened by the growing scale of garbage that we find on the roads, in drains and along footpaths in urban areas.
Her Majesty reminded the gathering that our natural heritage has been protected due to the carefully thought out policies under the leadership of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and His Majesty The King, and that by failing to consider the consequences of our behaviour and ignoring our civic duties, we would fail the ideals upon which our country has been built.
Her Majesty urged those present to renew our pledge to fulfill our individual duties to keep our surroundings clean and aesthetically pleasing, and said that it was integral to act now.
“… any delay will be too late and the damage to our environment would be irreversible,” Her Majesty said.
Her Majesty reiterated that “consistency remains key in ensuring the success of our endeavours, and our activities should not be limited to events such as these.”
Four programmes were launched to mark the day:
The Prime Minister’s Office launched the Waste Management Flagship Programme. The National Environment Commission launched National Waste Management Strategy, and Zero Waste Hour, and the Thimphu Thromde launched the Household Compost Product.
The Prime Minister and senior government officials attended the event. At the end of the programme, Her Majesty joined the participants and volunteers in a cleaning campaign to pick up trash around Sangaygang area.