CAIRO: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a press statement Thursday in occasion of World Environment Day, this year’s slogan this year is ‘Raise your voice… Not the sea level.”
Celebrating World Environment Day (WED) started in 1972 and every year since on June 5. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) celebrates this day to raise awareness of the dangers that threaten the environment and the necessary procedures to confront such dangers to save it.
The U.N. chose to focus on small islands status in 2014 and its challenges due to climate changes and natural disasters.
WED encourages raising global awareness and taking positive environmental action and is widely celebrated in over 100 countries, according to UNEP’s official website.
The celebration includes a number of festivals and activities that encourage school students to participate by writing articles, designing posters, and planting trees, according to the CAPMAS press statement.
The environmental performance index issued by Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy indicated that Egypt’s environment situation improved. Egypt was ranked 85th place among 133 countries in 2006, then 68th place among 163 countries in 2010, and 50th place among 178 countries in 2014.
One of the key indicators is that the total production of generated electricity reached 164,600 megawatts/hour in 2012/2013, compared to 157,400 megawatts/hour in 2011/2012. This increase is 4.6 percent. The electricity generated by water represents about 8 percent.
Another indicator showed that petrol and natural gas consumption in Egypt reached 71.6 million metric tons in 2011/2012, compared to 68.3 million metric tons in 2010/2011 with a 4.9 percent increase.
A different indicator confirmed that the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from petrol and natural gas products amounted to 191.6 million metric tons in 2011/2012, compared to 182 million metric tons in 2010/2011, with a 5.3 percent increase.