The 2024 World Environment Day in Shibuyunji was marked with a vibrant commemoration organized by Greenit Environmental Management Network, Shibuyunji Town Council, the District Forestry Office, and Konkola Copper Mines PLC. The event, hosted by the Ministry of Education through the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) office, showcased a collaborative effort to promote environmental awareness and sustainable practices in the community.

Headman Mambwe, representing Senior Chief Shakumbila of the local Sala people, graced the occasion. In his address, Headman Mambwe emphasized the critical need to increase environmental awareness in communities by actively involving all traditional leaders within the district. He highlighted the importance of this event in fostering a collective responsibility towards environmental protection and sustainability.

Speaking on behalf of the District Commissioner, the DEBS underscored the government’s commitment, under the leadership of H.E. President Hakainde Hichilema, to support initiatives aimed at safeguarding the environment. The DEBS’s speech reflected the government’s recognition of the crucial role that environmental conservation plays in the well-being and future of the nation.

Greenit Environmental Management Network, through its Executive Director Anthony Simukonde, called for increased support in its efforts to transform the mindset and attitudes of the younger generation. Mr. Simukonde highlighted the importance of nurturing the next generation into becoming dedicated environmental stewards. He pointed to the success of the School Green Club initiative at Nampundwe Primary School and Shibuyunji Secondary School as a testament to this endeavor. The clubs exemplify the theme of the year, “Accelerating Land Restoration for Drought Resilience in Zambia,” drawn from the global theme of “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience.” The accompanying slogan, “Our Land. Our Future. We are #GenerationRestoration,” encapsulates the vision and mission of these efforts.

The procession, hosted by the Ministry of Education through the DEBS office, saw active participation from various stakeholders, including students, teachers, and community members. The event not only celebrated World Environment Day but also reinforced the collective commitment to fostering sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in Shibuyunji.

The 2024 World Environment Day commemoration in Shibuyunji was a powerful demonstration of community and stakeholder collaboration. By involving traditional leaders, governmental bodies, educational institutions, and environmental organizations, Shibuyunji set a commendable example of how unified efforts can drive meaningful change. The event underscored the vital importance of educating and empowering the younger generation to ensure a sustainable and resilient future for Zambia.