A Concern That is Both Urgent and Existential

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY is widely observed in more than 143 countries of the globe. It is popularly being called ‘People’s Day’ to show their care and support for the earth and their environment.It is celebrated every year on 5th June. It is the United Nations prime vehicle for encouraging awareness and action to protect our environment. Organised first in 1974, it has been a major campaign for environmental issues ranging from marine pollution, human overgrowth and raising awareness about global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

According to ‘United Nations ‘, the theme for 2020 World Environment Day is ” Biodiversity-a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events from bush fires in Brazil, United States and Australia to Locust infestations across East Africa and now a global COVID 19 pandemic demonstrates the interdependence of human and webs of life in which they exist.

For healthy living environment plays an important role. It provides us air, food etc .It is correctly said that ‘ the difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment but humans change the environment for themselves. Environment is just like our neighbourhood, its surrounding conditions influence us and modify growth and development. Since the theme of 2020 World Environment Day is “Biodiversity “.Why should we care about biodiversity ?

Biodiversity is the variation of earths terrestrial, fresh water and marine species as well as their habitats. Biodiversity is vital to the survival of all life forms on earth and is also the cornerstone for the goods and services of the environment that allows human societies to thrive. Biodiversity provides us with the food, water and resources as well as services such as climate control, pollination, flood mitigation and cycling of nutrients. Ecosystems are relying on all parts from the smallest bacteria to the largest vertebrate. It is  all interconnected. Some are producing oxygen that others use for breathing. Some provide food for larger species, which in turn become to even larger species. Every living organism has a role to play in the maintenance of balance.

Currently as many as one million plant and animal species are at the risk of extinction, most of this is because of human activities.The decisions that people make now will determine the kind of world your future generations will inherit. The idea is to understand that young people have a role to play in protecting the loss of biodiversity and preserving nature for our future.

Amidst of the global COVID 19 pandemic, it is of crucial importance to realise the importance of nature. It is time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It is time to build back better for people and planet.

Rayees Ahmad Kumar

Govt BHS Anderwan Ganderbal

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