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This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature

The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.
|| Elsie Gabriel

Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.
This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.

World environment day is celebrated worldwide in almost all the countries (more than 150 countries) every year on 5th June to encourage the awareness on preserving and protecting the environment.

Friday, 5 June, World Environment Day 2020 theme “Biodiversity” is chosen as theme for world environment day 2020 by United Nations (UN).

Biodiversity is the variety of various living organisms present on earth and their interaction and interrelationship. We can say as variety of life on earth is called as biodiversity.

Working successfully on training climate change leaders, tree plantations, climate education and community engagement, Enforces Aditya Pundir, Country Head of Climate Reality Project India, “Climate Change and Deforestation, coupled with warm acidic oceans is leading to loss of biodiversity like never before. If we do not take corrective actions soon the world will be soon reach a point of no return. It’s time to take action now.”

Climate Reality Project India, Mobius Foundation and UNESCO India are coming together to celebrate “World Environment Day 2020”.

Taking forward the learning’s from International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE) 2019, organizing a webinar scheduled on 5th June 2020 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.

The webinar intends to sensitize teachers, principals and educators as they are the medium through which students will learn about sustainability concerns. This webinar shall also give an opportunity for a partnership between schools and research networks in ESD which provide a model for the powerful interaction of a school system and resource.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is, ‘Time for Nature,’ with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development. This focus is expected to provide an opportunity for driving the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). COP 15 was expected to take place in October 2020, but will be rescheduled for 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change. The Climate Reality Project came into being in July 2011 as the consolidation of two environmental groups, the Alliance for Climate Protection and The Climate Project, both of which were founded by Al Gore former Vice President of USA.

(Elsie Gabriel is an environment and climate change writer, an expert in Environment Law and eco-tourism)

 

 

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