That was the message from the National Environment Service representative Mathew Rima as the Cook Islands celebrated National Environment Week at Avarua Park on Wednesday.
Rima said the annual event was something the ministry looked forward to and it was a good opportunity for them to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of conserving the environment.
He said they were overwhelmed with the positive response they had received from the public and students who were interested to know more about the services the National Environment Service and other stakeholders provide.
Seven booths presented various kinds of information about the different roles played by nature and the environment.
Rima said here is a need for every Cook Islander to ensure that their environment was protected and not exploited.
He urged the public to look after the environment and be responsible citizens.
“Citizens have a very important role to play in the campaign to protect our planet and so much can be achieved through grassroots efforts.”