World Environment Day is celebrated all around the world on June 5th since 1974. This holiday was brought by the United Nations with the purpose of encouraging and raising awareness in order to protect the environment. With this campaign, the United Nations raise awareness on many emerging issues such as pollution (both land and marine), human overpopulation, sustainable consumption, and global warming, and crimes against wildlife. More than 143 countries participate in this global event every year.
The holiday has a special theme each year, and the theme for 2021 is “Reimagine. Recover. Restore”. The host nation this year is Pakistan.
The Concept of World Environment Day 2021
This year’s theme sees the United Nation embark on a campaign called the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This campaign will aim to implement measures to prevent, cease and rewind the losses experienced on our ecosystems up until now.
The Mandate of World Environment Day 2021
The following mandate has been selected for this year’s campaign:
“This is our moment.
We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature.
This is our final chance to set things right. To prevent climate catastrophe; to stem the growing tide of pollution and waste, and to halt biodiversity loss.
You too can protect what is left and repair what has been damaged.
Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid.
This is our moment. This is your moment.
The Urgent Need to Take Action Now in Preserving our Ecosystems
In today’s very uncertain times, the need to restore our harmed ecosytems has become a neccessity.
Ecosystems are the essence of all species that live on planet Earth. The more our precious ecosystems thrive, the more our planet and its occupants will bloom and flourish. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration can help to eliminate the impoverishment of its people, fight climate change, and mitigate a looming possible mass extinction. It will only be a success if all play their part. You can find out more about ecosystems and the UN Decade, and join the global movement to restore our world on their website.
Types of Ecosystem Restoration
Currently, farmlands make up more than one-third of the Earth’s land surface and very well might be our most key ecosystem to maintain its people.
Trees and forests make the plant habitable for every living species that occupies it. These resources furnish us with clean water and breathable air. They are a critical defence mechanism against the global-warming threat.
Freshwater ecosystems are a source of water, food, and energy for the whole population of animals and humans. They also offer protection against floods, droughts and gives a habitat to animals and plants.
Grasslands, Shrublands, and Savannahs
This is probably our most diverse ecosystem as it spans right across the globe and affects everyone living on the planet in some way or form.
Mountains make up approximately quarter of the Earth’s land, nurturing most of its wetland hotspots and also supplies fresh water to perhaps half of our population.
Oceans and Coasts
Our oceans are called the reason we are called the blue planet. Accumatively they cover more than 70% of our planet’s entire circumference. The oceans and seas provide us with sustenance, govern our climates and give rise to the air (oxygen) we breathe.
Peatlands are prevalent in over 180 countries, scattered across the globe. They are a key role player and are deemed as super-powered ecosystems. An interesting fact is that although they only cover three percent of our lands, they hold 30% of our soil carbon density.
These areas make up less than 1 percent of our planet’s land surface, but house more than half our human population.
How Can you be a Part of World Environment Day?
- Start recycling!
- Stop using disposable plastic materials
- Plastic needs a very long time to degrade. A regular plastic water bottle needs 450 years to degrade. Some types of plastic may need even 1000 years to degrade.
- Everything that is not recycled is dumped in the oceans and it’s harming the precious marine animals.
- Use your social media to reach out to people and raise awareness about this issue.
- Tell your friends and tell your family to also start recycling today.
Happy World Environment Day!
If you enjoyed this article, why not read our article on another important observance that takes place annually in the month of June: World Oceans Day!
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