Today is World Environment day and every year this day in June is dedicated to mother nature and our Environment. started by united nations as a day to do something which will protect and preserve our planet and atmosphere. well in my opinion, Today is World Environment day, but why everyday can’t be the same ? one day is not enough for all this and it should be a continuous ongoing exercise. with rapid change in climate and nature global warming is on the rise and we can clearly see the impact.
On going corona virus crisis is a crucial lesson in all this, humans as a civilization may have seen a lot but the worst is yet to arrive.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:United Nations
To care for ourselves we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.
World Environment Day is one of the UN’s most important day. It is observed on 5th June annually and is celebrated worldwide to spread awareness and environmental protection. First celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA, this day has become a global platform for public outreach which is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The United Nations General Assembly established the World Environment Day on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972.
Every year, the new theme is provided where all major corporations, NGOs, govt and celebrities worldwide adopt the theme and advocate the environmental causes. The day raises awareness about environmental issues like global warming, marine pollution, etc. According to the UN, the theme for 2020 is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity’.
“Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.”
The theme of World Environment 2020 is ‘celebrating biodiversity’ — a concern that is both urgent and existential. The fact is that the current environmental crisis is a warning that we must heed collectively. We must now fundamentally rethink our relationship with the living world, with natural ecosystems and their biodiversity.
“With one million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.”
People depend on biodiversity in their daily lives, in ways that are not always apparent or appreciated. Human health ultimately depends upon ecosystem products and services (such as availability of fresh water, food and fuel sources) which are requisite for good human health and productive livelihoods. Biodiversity loss can have significant direct human health impacts if ecosystem services are no longer adequate to meet social needs. Indirectly, changes in ecosystem services affect livelihoods, income, local migration and, on occasion, may even cause political conflict.
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic among other environmental disasters including cyclones, earthquakes and floods, it is now more than ever that everyone needs to come together to support environmental initiatives even in the smallest ways possible, today is World Environment day but why everyday can’t be the same ? It could mean starting as small as saving water at home or disposing waste by sorting out wet and dry waste.
World Environment Day will keep reminding us of the wrong we did to our environment and the right we need to do to correct it all.
Today is World Environment day but we should make a note that it is not only for one day, we have to continue the efforts to make things more sustainable.
If we don’t wake up now, it may become too late to act.
here are few things which are impacting our World Environment in a big way
climate change & its impact on our Environment
Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities.
Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.
High Usage of Plastic vastly effects our Environment
Plastic is harmful to the environment as it is non-biodegradable, takes years to disintegrate. Single use plastics slowly and gradually break down into smaller pieces of plastic known as micro plastics.
It can take thousands of years for plastic bags to decompose, thus contaminating our soil and water in the process. The noxious chemicals used to produce plastic gets transmitted to animal tissue, and finally, enter the human food chain.
According to Un-Plastic Collective Report, an estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. about 60% of which has ended up either in a landfill or the natural environment.
Impact of population on Environment
For most of our existence the human population has grown very slowly, kept in check by disease, climate fluctuations and other social factors. It took until 1804 for us to reach 1 billion people. Since then, continuing improvements in nutrition, medicine and technology have seen our population increase rapidly.
The impact of so many humans on the environment takes two major forms:
- consumption of resources such as land, food, water, air, fossil fuels and minerals
- waste products as a result of consumption such as air and water pollutants, toxic materials and greenhouse gases
Many people worry that unchecked population growth will eventually cause an environmental catastrophe. This is an understandable fear, and a quick look at the circumstantial evidence certainly shows that as our population has increased, the health of our environment has decreased.
Today is World Environment day but why can’t everyday be the same ? here are some ways which will help us reduce our impact on the Environment and it has to be made a way of life.
- Use energy more efficiently
- Install renewable sources of energy
- Conserve water
- Reduce reuse recycle
- Travel less
- Consider near sourcing
- Ship goods more efficiently
- reduce usage of single use plastic
- less population
- less exploitation of resources
Thanks all of you for taking out your valuable time to read this article. how do you find it, do mention in comment section and also it’s high time to act and do our bit to save us from this crisis like situation.
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