World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June. Since 1974, this day has been one of the most famous days for environmental action. The day serves as a reminder to each one of us not to vouchsafe nature. The need to protect and protect the environment should be understood. A healthy ecosystem simply means a healthy livelihood. In today’s time, every living being on the planet is dependent on environment for food, air, water and habitat.
In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established World Environment Day on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. In 1974, two years after its inception, the first World Environment Day was celebrated with the theme “Only One Earth”. The day is famous for involving environmental action, governments, business, celebrities and citizens to focus their attention on environmental issues.
THEME FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021
The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration”. We will see the beginning of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which will include suggestions for reversing the damage caused by human activities to the environment. Pakistan will host the day this year in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme. Every year, Environment Day is hosted by different countries around the world. More than 143 countries participate in this day annually. Ecosystem restoration means the process of reversing the damage caused to the ecosystem and helping in its recovery. The UN Decade will run from 2021 to 2030, which is the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals.
THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON THE ENVIRONMENT
The global outbreak of the coronavirus disease has also affected every part of human life including the physical world. The pandemic has affected the environment in myriad ways. A recent US research found that the environment is changing rapidly, and the timing of those changes indicates that pandemics may be the cause.
HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE TO ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION?We can contribute to the restoration of the ecosystem by opting for self-production of natural products like soaps, creams. Self-production will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment. We might try replacing cling wraps with eco-friendly beeswax wraps because it’s more breathable than plastic wrap. It’s a healthy habit to swap out tea bags with loose leaves in a reusable strainer. A small step like washing a car on the lawn instead of on the road can contribute to ecosystem restoration.