It is well stated by our “Bapu”- The earth has enough resources for our needs, but not for our greed.
We are the generation that will be able to coexist with the natural world. Let us be courageous and take action to make a difference.
Since the 1970s, the human strain on wildlife has increased dramatically. We have been depleting natural resources(air and water quality is deteriorating, soils are decreasing, crops are lacking pollinators, and coastlines are becoming less storm-proof) at an increasing rate, and this has come at a cost.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a commitment to prevent and reverse ecosystem degradation and the diversity of life it sustains.
The United Nations’ primary vehicle for fostering environmental awareness and action.
In 1972, on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the United Nations Assembly created World Environment Day.
On 5th June every year, World Environment Day is celebrated.
The theme of the inaugural Earth Day, which was held in 1974, was “One Earth.”
WED has established a platform for addressing environmental issues in recent years.
- Sea level increase
- Sustainable consumption
- Plastic Pollution
- Food security
- Illegal Wildlife Trade
Every year since 1974, a country has been chosen to host environmental events.
Environment day 2021
This year’s World Environment Day will be held on June 5th, as is customary, Pakistan will be the host country.
The World Environment Day slogan – “Recreate, Reimagine, Restore” – focuses on reversing the damage and restoring our ecosystems.
WHY PAKISTAN IS HOSTING?
Pakistan launched the “BILLION TREE TSUNAMI” afforestation campaign in 2014.
Goals behind the initiative:
- Increasing forest cover
- Restoring mangroves
- Tree Planting in Urban Areas
Pakistan has also developed an “Ecosystem Restoration Fund” platform. This will help to develop green jobs, support nature-based climate change solutions, and conserve biodiversity.
THEME OF 2021: ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
WHY ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION?
Forests, farmlands, towns, wetlands, and seas are all examples of ecosystems that may be restored. Governments and development organizations, as well as corporations, communities, and individuals, can undertake restoration programs. Because the causes of deterioration are numerous and diverse, they can influence many scales.
In every three seconds, the globe loses enough forest to cover a football field, and we have lost half of the world’s wetlands in the previous century. We must now radically reconsider our connection with the living world, natural ecosystems, and biodiversity, and try to restore it.
Ecosystem restoration includes aiding in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as the preservation of intact ecosystems.
From damaging our world to repairing it for future generations, we’ve come a long way.
This world environment day we will begin the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration(2021-2030).
Join hands to:
- End Poverty
- Combat Climate change
- Prevent a Mass Extension
This idea will be successful if everyone joins hands and takes a step forward to make a difference.
Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
We can only improve people’s livelihoods, combat climate change, and halt biodiversity loss if ecosystems are healthy.