On June 5th the whole world observes the World Environment Day (WED). Similar to earth day, this global event has assumed enormous significance over the years due to the demonic proportion of global warming on flora and fauna.
Hosted every year by a different city with a different theme, WED was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It aims to create awareness about climate change by involving people from all walks of life to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter environment for themselves and the future generation.
With over 400 million metric tons of plastic produced annually, half of which is intended for single-use purposes, urgent action is required to address this overwhelming issue.
The dream of clear water and a cleaner future is being sunken deep into the ocean with plastic garbage. While you are soaking up the soothing rhythm of the waves crashing on the beach, the ocean is gradually turning into a pool of debris.
All the plastic bottles, spoons, wrappers, packages, and storers are ending up in the sea, lake, or pond and later heading towards an unending re-cycling phase.
It takes over 20+ years for a plastic bag, 200+ years for plastic straws, 400+ years for a plastic bottle, and over 500+ years for a plastic toothbrush to finally decompose. The eternal lifecycle of plastic is the primary threat to marine life, and even more to the species living on land.
But small steps make a big impact. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. Given this, on June 5, 2023, World Environment Day will take a stand against this global crisis, emphasizing the need for sustainable solutions under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution.
Every year on the 5th of June, millions of real environment lovers all around the world celebrate World Environment Day in an attempt to protect and repair our planet.
World Environment Day is an international event dedicated to encouraging cooperation and activities to protect the planet. More than 150 countries send representatives to this UN event, which honors the importance of protecting the planet and the role that governments, businesses, and individuals can play in making the world a better place.
Since its inauguration in 1973, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has served as the event's organizer. With this significant collaboration, attempts to protect the planet from the demonic influence of plastic are gaining traction.
Plastic pollution is preventable and recyclable, and this time it will be the core focus of the #BeatPlasticPollution campaign to be held this year on the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day.
There is enough trash to fill a garbage truck per minute, as reported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From 1950 to 2017, roughly 7 billion of the 9.2 billion metric tons of plastic produced were dumped.
As a result, “more plastic than fish could be floating around in the water by 2050” if the present patterns continue unchecked. The data presented here emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the problem of plastic pollution.
The #BeatPlasticPollution campaign calls for decisive action from everyone, including governments, industry organizations, businesses, and common citizens.
Many countries, like India, are involved in this fight against plastic pollution. The government of India implemented the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules in 2016 to prevent the country's rising plastic waste from exacerbating the problem.
On July 1, 2022, the government of India banned the production, import, stockpiling, distribution, sale, and use of specified SUP goods across the country. Thermocol for decorations, wrapping films, plastic plates, cups, etc. were all on the list of prohibited materials. More actions are to be taken.
Mankind today has rocked the peace of the earth for their insatiable needs and terms every disaster as nature's fury when it has all been man-made. They proclaim it as a natural disaster and express their inability to do anything about these calamities. Climate change has become a grave issue resulting in the melting of glaciers and Himalayas. Forests which have been home to many species of plants and animals have been depleting fast.
Moreover, climate summits held by the world leaders to create awareness about ecological issues have been so far ‘a mere babble of tongues’.
This year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has named India, for the first time, as the global host of World Environment Day 2011, for taking the prerogative of a transition to a ‘Green Economy’. This year's theme is 'Forests: Nature at Your Service' which provides multitude of services to mankind. The theme will emphasize the intrinsic link between quality of life and health of forests and forest ecosystems.
India which is home to 1.2 billion people has been fast witnessing a depletion of forest and natural resources due to its excessive pressure on the environment. Rain forests which generate about 40% of the world’s oxygen are on the brink of extinction. When we have more forest, we have more oxygen which leads to longer life expectancy.
It’s high time we call for a corrective action plan. Although individual approach to this grave issue may seem midget in the face of global threats and trends, but one should remember when billion join hands for a common purpose, it can make a tremendous difference.
A quick and easy way to make others aware of the environmental issues is by sharing conservation ideas, organizing biodiversity film festivals and plantation event or participating in green walkathon and WED celebrations. Most importantly, forest conservation requires a staunch commitment to changing lifestyle which demands one to be forest-conscious in his choices, consumption and actions. Civil society can play a vital role by independently monitor all parties involved, raising awareness on forests and supporting grassroots initiatives.
Students in schools and colleges should organize workshops and seminars at regular intervals related to environment conservation and should involve students from all walks of life including MBA aspirants under its ambit. This issues should be further taken up in GD (group discussions) so that the coming generations remain conjoint to this issue.
Mahatma Gandhi rightly said," Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.”
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