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World Environment Day 2012
Posted by maaz_nawaz on 05 June 2012
There has never been a more challenging time for our environment. Time now really is running out and this fact can no longer be ignored.
There are two important factors militate against something that is clearly vital to the future of our planet.
The first is the enormous amount of time that it takes for individual countries to ratify agreements that have been made by world leaders at important international conferences. Strong words are all very fine, but what the world needs is action.
Secondly, human lifestyle and its associated consequences, impacts on the planet more quickly than the actions that is being taken to protect it. When action does take place, it is often not swift enough to have any significant effect.
This year sees the 40th anniversary of the event that led to the establishment of World Environment Day. WED, as it is often called, was established by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the start of the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm from 5thto 16th June 1972. The first World Environment Day was on 5th June 1973.
The Stockholm Conference was the first occasion that world leaders met to discuss the political, social and economic problems of the global environment with a view to actually doing something about it.
Each year World Environment Day is hosted by a different country and this year the host is Brazil and the theme is Green Economy: Does it include you?
A Green Economy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risk and ecological scarcities.
This can be summed up as being a socially inclusive, low carbon economy that is efficient with its resources.
In more detail, economic growth, through income and employment, is driven by public and private investment that in addition to reducing carbon emissions and pollution, enhances energy and resource efficiency, and prevents the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In order to support these investments a degree of targeted public expenditure, coupled with policy reforms and regulation changes is necessary.
A report from the World Wildlife Fund cites a combination of swelling populations, mass migration to cities, increased energy use and soaring carbon dioxide emissions that are putting a greater squeeze on the planet's resources than ever before. Particularly hard hit are animals and plants whose diversity depends on a clean water supply, plus a range of other natural resources.
It is estimated that demand for natural resources has doubled since 1996 and that it now takes a year and a half to regenerate the renewable resources that humans use in one year. The prediction is that by 2030 it will take the equivalent of two planets to meet resource demand.
Scientific studies say that if all the insects disappear tomorrow morning from the planet, then life here will last only another twenty-five years. No life form will be able to survive. Including bacterial life, everything will die if the insects go away. But if human beings disappear tomorrow morning, in twenty-five years time, earth will be flourishing. Though everything that we do is not biodegradable, fortunately, our bodies are biodegradable and so the world can do fine.
Let's wish that we as a generation do not become a disaster in every sense. In our lives, if we do not do what we cannot do, there is no problem. But if we do not do what we can do, we are a disaster.
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