The United Nations celebrate World Water Day on 22nd of March every year to tackle the growing water crisis in the world by addressing the reasons why so many people are deprived of clean and safe drinking water. This year, it was themed as “Water for all-Leaving no one behind” and the National Environment Commission Secretariat in collaboration with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan marked the day by organizing a cleaning campaign along the banks of Wangchhu and, an art and essay competition amongst the schools under Thimphu Thromde.
Volunteers from Bhutan Power Corporation Limited joined other teams from CSOs, NGOs, and Government Agencies in the cleaning campaign to celebrate the day. 28 Volunteers from different departments and divisions at the Head Office namely from the office of the CEO, HRAS, SUIT, TCD, IAD, RED, EMCCD, PSD and Env&GIS Division participated in the campaign. BPC volunteers along with the WWF team and NECS team cleaned the river stretch between Dechen Zam (Langjophakha) and the new bridge under construction by CDCL at Chubachu. Various types of waste were collected along the river banks such as pet bottles, plastics, clothes, fabrics, kitchen wastes, beer cans, diapers, sanitary pads and votive offerings.
Waste Management is a growing concern globally and locally, infecting our pristine land and water resources. Therefore, we must practice good waste management at home and never dispose our wastes irresponsibly in water bodies and places other than where we are supposed to. Let us all make an effort towards a better and cleaner Bhutan.