The World Environment Day 2022 was celebrated at Asian Institute of Technology, Pathum Thani, Thailand on 2 June 2022. With its campaign, #OnlyOneEarth, this year’s World Environment Day focuses on 3 major themes: Climate, Nature, and Chemicals & Pollution. It calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet. Truly transformative options towards sustainability need to be available, affordable, and attractive for people to make better daily decisions. Sharing the same advocacy, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) organised a World Environment Day (WED) Celebration to stimulate and share sustainable practices to the AIT Community.
The WED celebration also paved a way for RRC.AP to partner with the School of Environment, Resource and Development (SERD), who imparted their recent research and inventions on sustainability as well as the Office of Sustainable Campus (OSC) who campaigned for volunteers to join their team and individuals to contribute to this transformation.
The opening speeches spearheaded by President of AIT, Dr. Eden Y. Woon reaffirmed AIT’s goal of becoming a sustainable campus within the next five years; Professor Vilas Nitivattananon, Dean of SERD, stressed the relevance of research and academe in addressing the current environmental concerns; while Dr. Naoya Tsukamoto, Director of RRC.AP, urged everyone to live responsibly and help heal and preserve the planet for our future generations. He also thanked everyone who contributed to the realization of this event as well as for the opportunity for RRC.AP to collaborate with various AIT units and external partners. The event was also attended by Professor Shobhakar Dhakal, Vice President Academic Affairs and Dr. Naveed Anwar, Vice President for Knowledge Transfer.
The event featured a Sustainable Bazar, where various AIT and external vendors offered sustainable foods and eco-friendly products through green shopping practice. A fashion and photography competitions were launched to raise awareness in textile waste and showcase climate change & biodiversity, respectively. Workshops were conducted to promote environment-friendly living, such as recycling t-shirts into shopping bags and zero-waste vegan skincare. A model sustainable kitchen and threats to biodiversity were also displayed as part of the exhibition.
Ms. Sireesha Bantu, Director of the OSC, concluded the event and emphasized that it is everyone’s duty to practice green living to attain sustainable campus and environment.