Protecting Biodiversity on World Environment Day

World Environment Day, June 5

5th June is celebrated as world Environment Day designated by The United Nations. It was done to highlight the fact that protection and preservation of environment is an issue of utmost importance as it affect the well being of masses and holistic development throughout the world. This day reminds us of the responsibilities that we have towards our environment as individuals, communities and organisations in protecting and strengthening the environment.

It was first held in 1974 with the motive to increase awareness on emerging environmental issues, marine pollution, wildfire crime, human overpopulation, and global warming to sustainable consumption. It has become a global platform for public outreach.

It is the year of COVID-19, we will once more celebrate the World Environment Day on June 5, 2020. The current crisis makes us aware of the fragility of life, more intensely than ever.

‘Biodiversity’ is the modern expression of “life in its all forms”. It is where different kinds of animals and plants coexist to make a good and healthy environment. Throughout the history of humankind, celebrating biodiversity has been an indispensable part of various cultures.

Earlier the concept was on smaller level, we celebrated our own plants, animals, forests; and now, we celebrate the horizon of the planet’s biodiversity on a global level. We have reached the the limit of the limitless existence of ecosystem, exhausted most of the resources and degrading parts of this system disrupts the whole system. Thus, it is high time that we take the full responsibility of our actions and change the course of our actions towards a positive path.

What can we do ?

We can participate in conservation of biodiversity by increasing our knowledge of environmental issues, impacts of biodiversity loss, and providing support the government policies and actions that preserve our valuable ecosystems. When we become aware, we step into the right direction towards fundamental change. We could follow the governments’ policy of Each One Teach One in these spheres as well by making others aware as well. We could become role models and educators of the environment and thus aiding in the recovery of species at risk of depletion or extinction.

Participating in Biodiversity Conservation

1. The first and foremost step would be that you become aware and learn as much as you can about nature and share your knowledge with others. Knowledge shared is knowledge squared.

2. Support and encourage government initiatives that preserves the environment and decrease threats to biodiversity.

3. Use products that are environment friendly and do not harm any living being. Dispose hazardous substances safely. Such substances/chemicals contaminate freshwater and ocean ecosystems if not taken care of.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recyle. Recycling helps in decreasing pollution by lowering energy, electricity and water consumption.

5. Use Bicycles. This is one of the easiest step that one could take on individual level. Drive less, walk, ride bicycles for shorter distances. Try carpooling. Find out about low emission vehicle research and availability. This helps in reducing your carbon footprint.

6. Conserve your water use. We all take natural resources for granted, knowing the fact that we may exhaust them completely. We should be careful with our use of water and try to reuse and reduce the water consumption as much as possible.

7. Protect our natural environment. We should be little aware and careful about our surroundings. Try to protect the natural environment and not cut trees and forests. Humans can bring impactful changes to the biodiversity.

8. Support Farmers. Farmers play a vital role in conserving biodiversity. New and better technologies in the agricultural sector us helping them grow more crops on the same land and thus, reducing the need to convert natural habitats to farmlands. Buying from local sellers and farmers help both environment and the farmers as well.

We all are looking forward to go back to “normal “ as soon as possible. But this is the tome that we take a look at our actions and reflect which “normal” do we want to go back to.