5th of June is observed as World Environment Day by the United Nations. It is commemorated worldwide to let people recall that nature should not be taken lightly and that its values need to be preserved.
The ecosystem and mother earth somewhat seem to have benefited from the pandemic and people being kept indoors. Nature is healing from the atrocities inflicted on it by human beings in pursuit of a lavish livelihood. It’s gaining time to clean itself and recover its area in the lack of human activity during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
With the motive of admiring nature and greenery and promoting its significance, World Environment Day was inaugurated by The United Nations Assembly on the ceremonial day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. It was first celebrated after two years in 1974 in the United States with the theme “Only One Earth.” Ever since it has been celebrated in several host countries, and the notion of rotating the centre of these festivities began in 1987.
This year Pakistan is hosting the World Environment Day which has the theme “Ecosystem Restoration,” Today will also mark the launch of “The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration “. The theme differs every year. Previously, it was “Celebrate Biodiversity”.
The day evolved into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on pressing issues ranging from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime over the years. According to the United Nations, this day is a platform to broaden the basis for informed opinion and responsible behaviour by communities, businesses, and individuals in the preservation and enhancement of the environment. It is observed all around the world to honour all that the environment has bestowed us, as well as to resolve to safeguard it. On this day, governments and ordinary citizens join forces to raise awareness about a certain environmental issue.
How India is going to celebrate
As stated by his office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate through a video conference in a World Environment Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Furthermore, the ‘Report of the Expert Committee on Road Map for Ethanol Blending in India 2020-2025’ will be released by PM Narendra Modi to honour the day.
Effect of Covid on environment
The devastating coronavirus outburst has had an impact on people’s lives and everyday activities, but it has also improved air quality and curtailed water contamination. There has been a huge plunge in carbon emissions as a result of the lockdown of most cities, which has helped to rebuild the ecological system.
However, India created 45,308 tonnes of biomedical trash between June 2020 and May 10, 2021, as per the Central Pollution Control Board, with an average daily output of 132 tonnes of Covid-19-related garbage.
Moreover, whenever the situation recedes to normal, the ecosystem may indeed be harmed. For global environmental sustainability, long-term objectives and appropriate execution of plans and policies are critical.