On 7th June 2011 the Johnson Matthey site at Panki site celebrated World Environment Day with a variety of activities for employees and their families
World Environment Day (WED), which turned 40 in 2012, is organised by the UN Environment Programme. Each year, it takes a different theme and has a different host nation which provides a focal point amid global celebrations.
In 2011 the host nation was India and the theme was 'Forests: Nature at Your Service'. Forests cover one third of the earth's land mass and play a key role in water supply, biodiversity, soil fertility and the battle against climate change. They are the green lungs of the earth.
On 7th June 2011 the Johnson Matthey site at Panki, India celebrated World Environment Day with a variety of activities for employees and their families. There is an open air park at the site where employees gathered to plant tree saplings. For the children, there was a poster competition where the entrants could chose between the topics of global warming and the pollution of the River Ganga (Ganges). The children were split into two groups, according to age, with prizes awarded for first, second and third places.
Other activities included a quiz on environmental and linked issues and a seminar where all employees were entitled to speak for five minutes on an environmental issue of global or local importance. Judges evaluated the contributions to the seminar and prizes took the form of solar lighting products.
Single use plastic bags are a problem in India, as elsewhere, and all employees and contract workers left the event with a jute bag bearing a slogan to discourage the use of polythene bags.
The celebration of World Environment Day at Panki was a microcosm of events held across India and around the world, raising awareness of the environment and encouraging uptake of more sustainable behaviour.