Tuesday, 4 June 2013

June 5th - World Environment Day

Posted by Siva
Today 5th June of Every Year is Celebrated as World Environment Day The date was chosen because the UN Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm on Jun 5, 1972. Representatives of 113 countries, 19 inter-governmental agencies and more than 400 inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations congregated in Sweden's capital for this purpose. A declaration containing 26 principles about the environment and development was passed at the meeting and an action plan with 109 recommendations was also drawn up. Thanks to the Stockholm conference, global awareness of environmental problems increased manifold. It also greatly influenced the policies of many countries. In 1973, the European Union formulated the first environmental action programme. Since that year, the World Environment Day has been hosted by cities across the world. Each time, the theme is different and the host city organises a week-long international exposition on it

The importance of World Environment Day : 

It is high time we realized that environmental degradation puts our future in peril. Besides, we are supposed to hand over our common heritage to future generations. The task will become well nigh impossible if we don't preserve the existing things. Numerous species have already become extinct and many more are currently on the endangered list. We must not go down the same path. The felling of trees due to our ever growing needs has been on an unprecedented scale and has caused an alarming depletion in green cover. The overall rainfall has been decreasing over the years in inverse proportion to the greenhouse effect, leading to disastrous climate change. Residents of areas which received abundant rain in the past are facing water scarcity at present. Cherrapunji in the state of Meghalaya was till the 1980s the wettest place in India, it hasn't recorded sufficient rain for years now. Vast tracts of land which were once lush green have turned into deserts. Several important glaciers have significantly shrunk in size. Polar ice is also melting fast. Large icebergs have been seen floating near Antarctica. If this trend continues, sea levels will rise and entire islands could be submerged. In order to avoid ending up in a watery grave, millions living on the coast or near the sea would be forced to relocate.

2013 is the 41st anniversary of UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Programme.

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make this happen! We call for action – organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

Sand Art By Sudarsan Pattnaik 

Sand Art By Sudarsan Pattnaik 

UNEP identifies 10 Sectors for a Green Economy ::

Buildings - Construction has consequences - let's construct a better world!
Fisheries - Seafood is delicious and healthy - but depleting our fish stocks isn't!
Forestry - Support certified sustainable forest products
Transport - Congestion, pollution, traffic accidents . . . there's a better way!
Water - Use water wisely!
Agriculture - Use your consumer power to support local, organic and sustainable agriculture!
Energy Supply - Our lifestyles demand energy, but is the demand too great on our resources?
Tourism - Tread lightly on your travel destinations.
Waste - If everything you buy becomes waste, where will we put it all?
Manufacturing and Industry - It's no big secret that industry and manufacturing have been rough on the environment - but things can change, and you can help!
World Environment Day this year will help to raise awareness on the serious impacts of carrying on with business as usual. Through engaging governments in action and your spreading the word on the importance of a Green Economy, this collective effort will preserve nature, while achieving growth, and encourage sustainable development.

By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment. Remember that every action counts, so join us: every year, everywhere, everyone!

We human beings are responsible for the destruction of our mother earth and so it's our own duty to do every bit to save our mother earth.
"We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own." -Henry Cass.


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