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World Environment Day, Time to Unite With Nature

Every year, on 5th of June, the world commemorates World Environment Day. This year, the commemoration is centered in Canada with the theme "Connecting People with Nature". Various activities are held to commemorate the day aiming at raising global awareness to take positive action for the environment.

On June 5, 2017, thousands of people on six continents joined in cleaning beaches and parks. In Tijuana near the American-Mexican border, for example, volunteers from both sides of the border worked together to clean up the city's beaches. While in Mumbai, India, thousands of people joined the coast of Versova to take part in the beach cleaning movement. Over the last 18 months, they have successfully moved about 5.5 million kilograms of waste. In Indonesia, the commemoration of the World Environment Day was carried out with a series of activities. One of them was Environment and Forest Week which took place in Jakarta on 2 - 4 June 2017.

To gain the real meaning of the World Environment Day, we should not carry out one-day activity only. Referring to the theme of this year, "Being united with nature", all human beings are appealed to return to nature, to be present with nature, and to treat the nature proportionately. As appealed by Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, being united with nature means appreciating the harmony of the nature. They should just exploit, but they also must guard it in the perspective of environmental protection. Specifically, in the message of World Environment Day 2017, Minister Siti Nurbaya also calls for all stakeholders in Indonesia to keep the forest and land in a bid to avoid forest and land fires as happened in the previous years. She also reminded the public to increase awareness in maintaining and conducting an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Preventing forest and land fires is the focus of President Joko Widodo's government. Since the beginning of the year, President Joko Widodo has reminded that the forest fires by 2017 must be minimized. The appeal of the Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya is aimed to safeguard the forests, should be fully paid attention by all Indonesian people. Due to the impact of forest fires that occurred in 2015, it has caused economic activities in the forest and land areas to cease. The loss was about Rp 220 trillion.

Efforts from all stakeholders are certainly necessary. The awareness of every Indonesian to prevent fire by doing an environmentally friendly lifestyle should continue to be improved. If all Indonesian people are aware of their environment, this will have a major impact on the environment and forests of Indonesia.

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