World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June. Since 1974, this day has been one of the most famous days for environmental activists. The day serves as a reminder of the need for the protection of the environment. A healthy ecosystem means a healthy livelihood. Every living being on the planet Earth is dependent on the 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 Human Environment. Two years after its inception, in 1974, the first World Environment Day was observed with the theme “Only One Earth”. The day is famous for involving environmental activists, governments, businesses, 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”. Pakistan host the day this year in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program. Every year, Environment Day is hosted by different countries around the World. More than 143 countries participate on this day, annually. Reversing the damage caused to the ecosystem by human activities and how it can be recovered were discussed. The UN Decade will run from 2021 to 2030, which is the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Impact of pandemic on the environment
The global outbreak of 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?
- Opting for self-production of natural products like soaps, creams, etc. It will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment.
- Replace cling wrap with eco-friendly beeswax wraps. It is more breathable than plastic wrap.
- 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.