NGIRISI Sigimanu, a form two student of King George Sixth School is the Environment speech winner for 2010, scooping $500 and a certificate.
With the theme ‘Many Species, One planet, one Future’, Ms Sigimanu gave a powerful speech during celebrations to mark World Environment Day yesterday.
“Our planet earth is rich with millions of different living organisms or species, from this variety of species or biodiversity we get our resources such as food, clothes, medicine, fuel, and building materials.
“The amazing thing is every living being has a purpose and all of us depend on each other for survival and if one species is cut off from the face of the earth, it affects the very balance of nature,” she said.
She said littering, overharvesting, deforestation and global warming are some of the threats to biodiversity caused by humans.
"We have a choice, there is only one planet and if we destroy this world's species, we destroy our future.
“We must protect our environment and resources. We must guard them and not use them in a way as though there is no tomorrow. So let us unite to save this world, for our future is shaped by what we do today".
The second prize was won by a female student of Betikama College collecting $300 and the third place went to a student of Bishop Epalle Catholic School who collected $250.
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