We Have Only One Earth: World Environment Day

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We Have Only One Earth: World Environment Day


Articles / Environment   /   Jun 05, 2015
samreen Jawaid
samreen Jawaid
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Our dreams take us to the roads of a future we have always desired to live. What if, the path which was meant to be taken has been destroyed because of our negligence. What if we destroy our planet to such an extent that survival in itself becomes an impossible task. Which is why, this year the theme of World Environment Day is: 'Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care'.

Run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the fifth day of June. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.

Why do we need to take the day more seriously and, in fact, take actions every day? The size of the human population has increased since the time cure to common diseases have been found, which leads to overexploitation of resources; land, water and everything. Need for more land has led to deforestation. As technology is advancing,  the new science toys have only added to the deterioration of the planet. Exploitation of natural resources don’t take too long, but its reformation takes millions of years.

Let us look over some stark facts that will tell why we are in a dire situation.

· Every year, we extract an estimated 55 billion tons of fossil energy, minerals, metals and biomass from the Earth.

· The world has already lost 80% of its forests and we’re continually losing them at a rate of 375 km2 per day! More: Consequences of Depletion of Natural Resources

· At the current rate of deforestation, 5-10% of tropical forest species will become extinct every decade.

· Every hour, 1,692 acres of productive dry land become a desert.

· 27% of our coral reefs have been destroyed. If the rate continues, remaining 60% will be gone in 30 years.

· We have a garbage island floating in our ocean, mostly comprised of plastics - the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined!

· We are using up 50% more natural resources than the Earth can provide. At our current population, we need 1.5 Earths, which we do not have.

Now let us see how much contribution our country has made to degrade the Earth. India’s 13 cities feature in the world’s topmost polluted cities, beating China down. Also, Ganga and Yamuna, which used to be the pride of the country, now are one of the top 10 dirtiest rivers. A recent research has established Vapi in Gujarat and Sukinda in Odisha among the 10 most environmentally-degraded zones in the world. Moreover, Delhi’s air pollution has risen to 20% which is so unfit for breathing that it will slash down the life expectancy with 3.2 years of people living in the city.

Observing the devolving situation of the planet, UNEP encourages worldwide awareness and action for the environment. As per the organization, this year’s theme concentrates on, “The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.”

The UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon has said, "Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference."

So, let us all join hands and pledge together to make every effort possible to save our mother earth. Do not forget, we have only one planet to live on. Let us not ruin it for petty profits, for which the entire mankind will have to pay.

The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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