New Delhi, June 5
World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5 around the world, is one of the largest events organized by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness of the importance of nature. The day is celebrated to tell people that nature should be respected for its values.
In 1972, after discussions on environmental issues during the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the United Nations Assembly established World Environment Day. Two years later, in 1974, it was first observed in the United States. The theme of the first World Environment Day was âOne Earthâ.
In 1987, the idea of âârunning the center of these activities started so that different countries could have the opportunity to host the event. Since then, several host countries have celebrated it and the idea of âârunning the center of these activities was born.
Pakistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will be the global host of the day to highlight the importance of ecosystem restoration this year. The event has an attendance of more than 143 countries each year.
The term âecosystem restorationâ means helping to recover ecosystems, which have been degraded by deforestation, pollution and other human activities. It can also be promoted by taking measures to conserve the ecosystem which is still intact.
Restoring ecosystems can be done by other means, including planting trees, greening cities, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coastlines, and rewilding gardens. Rich biodiversity and green ecosystems offer immense benefits.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration following a proposal and resolution of action from more than 70 countries around the world. The United Nations Decade runs from 2021 to 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timetable that scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.
The main concept behind observing World Environment Day is to focus on the importance of the environment and to remind everyone that the environment should not be taken for granted. According to the UN, this day gives us the opportunity to broaden the basis of informed opinion and responsible conduct of communities, businesses and individuals in the preservation and improvement of the environment.
World Environment Day is celebrated around the world to respect and recognize all that the environment has given to humanity and to commit to protecting it. – ANI