World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, to remind humans that they are not alone on this planet. There is a huge biological ecosystem that exists and humans survive because of that.
The day is observed by United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and work towards improving the environment. Every year responsibility is given to a country to host the event and provide a platform to discuss Sustainable Development Goals. The day is celebrated by millions of people and organizations across the globe to share their experiences, challenges, and solutions.
Over 150 countries participate each year under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Last year, World Environment Day was hosted by Colombia, in partnership with Germany. The theme of the 2020 event was biodiversity.
This year the baton is given to Pakistan to host World Environment Day 2021. The theme for this year will be ecosystem restoration, with a special focus on creating a good relationship with nature.
This year’s event will also mark the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030. In the next 10 years, the United Nation with the support of countries, partners, and people want to focus on preventing and reversing the loss of degraded natural ecosystems to fight the impacts of climate change.
It is a no-brainer that the revival of forests could greatly reduce carbon emissions and controlling greenhouse gases (GHG).
The end of this decade i.e. 2030 is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the timeline that scientists identified significant to evade the consequences of climate change.
Why Pakistan will host World Environment Day?
The government of Pakistan took up massive afforestation drive through a “10 Billion Tree Tsunami” spread over 5 years. The ambitious project included restoring mangroves, increasing forest cover, planting trees in urban settings, including schools, colleges, public parks, and green belts. As per reports 6.3% forest cover was increased in that period.
Recently, Pakistan has launched a new platform “Ecosystem Restoration Fund” to create green jobs, support nature-based solutions to fight climate change, and promote biodiversity conservation.
Here is a report from the world economic forum (WEF) highlighting Pakistan’s plans for green recovery.
In the Global Climate Risk Index annual report 2020, Pakistan was placed on the fifth spot on the list of countries most vulnerable to climate change. As per the report, Pakistan endured economic losses worth $3.8 billion. Climate change and melting glaciers of the Himalayas pose a huge risk of extreme weather events like draughts, rainfall & flooding in Pakistan. The report mentions that more than 150 such events occurred in the country from 1999 to 2018.
Assigning the responsibility to Pakistan to host World Environment Day will usher in renewed focus and attention towards the environment.
World Environment Day is a once-a-year activity, it doesn’t mean that we should look at the environment only on that day. Irrespective of the day, organization, event, country, theme – preserving nature is our responsibility.
- Bring a change in your lifestyle, see how better can we live with nature, make little alterations in our day-to-day life.
- Educate other people, this is not a fight we can win alone, even if we are able to create awareness to a small minority of people, it can create a world of difference.