World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, to remind us that humans are not alone on this planet, we live in close harmony with other species.
Nature has given the ability to human’s to do far greater things than the other species are capable of. Probably that’s the reason, of our selfish interest we have forgotten about others and have intentionally or unintentionally destroyed the beautiful nature.
Dwindling forests, air pollution, water shortages, extinction of many animals, rising earth temperature, reducing polar regions are prime examples of our negligence or cruelty (depends on what side you want to sit on).
If you do not believe, then why suddenly amid the lockdown, when economic activity came to the standstill, nature started peeping out. People were able to witness snow-capped mountains, which were hidden for last 30-40 years because of pollution and dismal air quality. This was a small reminder from nature to wake-up.
World Environment Day
UN General Assembly in the year 1972, on the first day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, World Environment Day was established. Two years later, in 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. From there on the day is celebrated annually to raise awareness on environmental issues, global warming, sustainability, etc.
The World Environment Day 2020 theme is Biodiversity, and it will be hosted in Colombia, in partnership with Germany.
Why Columbia? Colombia hold 10% of the planet’s biodiversity – because it is part of the Amazon rain forest. Colombia ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fish, and amphibians.
Biodiversity? Human beings cannot survive in isolation, entire ecosystem is interconnected to each other. The food we eat, the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink, the beautiful sights we see – all of it is bio-diversity.
From small ants & little insects to big elephants & giant whales – everything is playing a part in the ecosystem.
Last year’s theme was Beat Air Pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.6 million people die each year because of breathing air which contains pollutants.
The purpose of this writing is not to bore you, it is not about blame, it is not about just one day, it is about doing each and every day –
- 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 and take it forward from there, it will create a world of difference.
Change starts from Me and U