World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June for engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens in environmental protection. World Environment Day 2020 comes at a critical time for human race, when either we learn how our survival is intricately connected with all living things on Earth and start acting #ForNature or make space for the next climax community.
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is Biodiversity, a concern that is both urgent and existential. The hosts of WED this year are Colombia in partnership with Germany. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia have killed over 1 billion animals and destroyed healthy forests. The locust infestations across East Africa and now India and a global Coronavirus pandemic are all demonstrating the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which we exist. Nature is sending us a message.
World Environment Day is also a day which offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to safeguard wild spaces; for educators to inspire students to live in harmony with Nature; and for youth to become fierce gatekeepers of a green future.
World Environment Day 2020 calls for urgent action to protect all plants and animals that we see around us. Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million species on the planet – from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria; the ecosystems that house them; and the genetic diversity among them.
Biodiversity may be seen as an intricate web, in which each part is interdependent. When one component is changed–or removed–the entire system is affected, and this can produce positive–or negative–consequences. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from Nature. To care for ourselves therefore, we must care for Nature.
It is time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
This World Environment Day, it is indeed Time for Nature.
Looking at what we human being have done to forests and biodiversity, the United Nations will will be observting the 2021-2030 decade as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This will be a global initiative to restore the relationship between humans and Nature. A Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is also being worked on to realize the 2050 Vision of Living in Harmony with Nature. Let us hope World Environment Day celebrations will help build momentum and unite the global community in actions for positive change.