World Environment Day

Jun 05, 2015
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On World Environment Day, we talk to Karuna Rana from Mauritius. Born in Mauritius, Karuna is acutely aware of the environmental vulnerabilities faced by small island developing nations like her own. She attended the Rio+20 summit, where she promoted sustainable development. Karuna also co-founded an NGO that enables young people from small islands across Africa and Asia to work together in support of this cause.

 

Why is World Environment Day so important?
We often forget how we’re interconnected to the environment, as we’re unable to give it a “human face”. Having World Environment Day, even if for one day a year, is a good reminder of this inter-linked relationship that we share with the environment.
Why do you think it is so important for people from small islands across Africa and Asia to work together on the issue of sustainable development?
People refer to small islands such as Mauritius as a “tropical paradise”, but we do face exacerbated vulnerabilities as a result of our small size, remoteness, susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters, reliance on imports, and exposure to economic shocks. Sustainable development is not just a concept for us, but a matter of our survival.

 

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