World Environment Day will be celebrated on Friday, 5 June 2020. Millions of people around the world would take part in celebrations which would aim to spread awareness about the importance of Nature or you can say the importance of Natural Environment in our lives.
World Environment Day Theme 2020
Every year, the day is celebrated with a special annual theme of the day.
Theme 2020 for World Environment Day is “Time for Nature”.
This theme of World Environment Day clearly reveals the purpose of designating this day as it clearly suggests that “Nature” is at stake. It means that if we don’t spare time protect nature now, we would find the opportunity never. It has become now or never. World leaders have realized that it is time we had taken all measures that were required to protect and preserve our environment however we could not do it, unfortunately. Now, only state institutions cannot address the needs of the environment and it is essential that masses are brought to this race. In fact, masses have already entered the race to save our environment as millions of people took to streets throughout the world last year. They were demanding global action against environmental pollution, climate change, deforestation, and hyper-industrialization. Young Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg is one of the leading activists who demanded quick action against Climate Change. Protests of young activists like Thunberg show how serious this issue has become. The global leadership united at the UNO platform is aware of this fact and they are introducing policies to protect our environment.
Colombia To Host 2020 World Environment Day On Biodiversity
This year, the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference was scheduled during the second half of October in Colombia, but the COVID-19 pandemic is the reason that the meeting would be pushed away to the year 2021. COP 15 would be a platform where global leaders and experts would discuss diverging the sources of energy. It is a debate among experts that we should use environmentally friendly sources of energy instead of coal, gas, oil, and nuclear. Environment-friendly sources of energy include Solar Energy, Wind Energy, rain, tide, plants, algae, and geothermal heat. They are called green energy sources, or infinite sources of energy.
UN Resolution on World Environment Day
The UN resolution A/RES/2994 (XXVII) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 15 December 1972 that declares 5 June as a World Environment Day. This resolution was adopted in the 2112th plenary meeting session of the United Nations Organization on 15 December 1972. This reaffirms the responsibility “of the international community to take action to preserve and enhance the environment”. Moreover, the resolution recalls the previous resolutions 2398 (XXIII) of December 1968, 2581 (XXIV) of 15 December 1969, 2657 (XVV) of 7 December 1970, 2849 (XXVI), and 2850 (XXVI) of 20 December 1971. Finally, this resolution designates 5 June as a World Environment Day. The purpose of this resolution is to declare that environment is instrumental to our survival and to highlight that this most important asset is at stake. Thus, this resolution obliges the global community to stand together and cooperate with one other to take measures that are necessary to protect and preserve our natural environment.
World Environment Day Celebrations and Activities
Common people of the whole world have a moral duty to celebrate this day practically and take measures on an individual level to protect the environment. On this day, people take part in different activities to celebrate the day. You are suggested to do the following things on 5 June to commemorate World Environment Day.
- Start your day by updating your social media status about World Environment Day. You can share motivational quotes about the day or the importance of the environment on WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, or whichever app you use.
- Plant at least 5-10 trees and share the photos on your social media apps. You can plant more than 10 trees, don’t mind the number.
- Check if there is any public awareness rally or conference about the environment and join it if you can.
- Make certain promises with you that neither you would do anything harmful to Nature nor you would tolerate if anyone is doing that.
- Follow and promote Social Media hashtag trends like #WorldEnvironmentDay.
- Check if your country is taking enough measures to protect nature and question the ruling authorities if they are showing negligence.
- Read research articles about Environment status and share useful information with your friends and family.
World Environment Day Speech / Essay
“Nature is angry. And we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature. Because nature always strikes back. And around the world, nature is striking back with fury.”
(The UN General Secretary António Guterres)
Humankind has faced many losses on the face of earth however the loss that we are going to face rather we are facing already is perhaps the greatest of all: the loss of Nature. Humankind has evolved in the lap of nature and today’s man is the grown-up man. Fortunately, this so-called grown-up man and civilized child of Nature have started killing his own mother Nature. After the world moved towards the 2nd and the 3rd phases of industrial revolutions, the entity that faced the loss at most was Nature. We are killing nature by different means like extracting minerals, oil, and gas from the Earth and by cutting trees on the land. Many places in the world that were once covered with greenery are now turned into concrete buildings. Nuclear explosions have dissolved many mighty hills which were once playing the role of land-pillars and a lot of mountains have become hollow cylinders after we extracted minerals, salt, and coals from them. Consequently, the Earth is feeling fragile and it is unable to lift the burden of a rapidly increasing number of human races. This is not the whole story; the ozone layer which was once considered the Earth Shield against Solar radiations has surrendered before the CO2 that is coming from industries. Additionally, the air that is instrumental for our life has been polluted with smoke coming from vehicles, and industries. Moreover, seawater has been contaminated with plastic and it is unable to help marine life in survival. In a nutshell, the modern man has raped the Nature and it seems that Nature is “striking back” in the words of António Guterres.
Nature looks angry as suggests the challenges that have haunted the modern man. South Asian country Maldives in drowning and it has lost dry land. Many bushfire incidents on different parts of the Earth stirred the whole world. The latest incident took place in Australia when bushfire haunted the World Media by covering an area of 46,050,750 acres and staying for around 9 months from June 2019 to February 2020. It claimed the lives of more than 450 people and thousands of wild animals. Floods and irregular rains have become common in this century as they surely bring destruction, scarcity, and hunger. In short, Humankind has already started cutting what it sowed: mass destruction.
World Environment Day was designated by the United Nations Organization in 1972 to spread awareness that we need to protect our environment from more destruction because we have only one planet to live on and our survival is adjoined to the survival of our Natural Environment.