World Environment Day 2023
“The Earth does not belong to us,
We belong to the Earth.”
Welcome to the world environment day blog! Today, we embark on a journey to celebrate our planet, embrace sustainability, and ignite a collective passion for positive change. This special day is a global event reminding us of the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. This day is to reflect on our individual and collective impact on the Earth and to take action toward a more sustainable future.
World environment day is celebrated globally on June 5 to encourage the public to become environmentally conscious to preserve the planet and raise awareness to cease maleficent man-made activities against the environment. The theme for world environment day 2023 is "Solutions to plastic pollution." Our Earth is a special planet in the galaxy. Our Earth is addressed as a special planet that hosts life for several species. On world environment day 2023, WHO calls for collective action to make this blue sphere greener because the Earth is under threat like never before. On this occasion, let's unite to protect and nourish our planet.
History Of The Day
The United Nations initiated the establishment of world environment day on June 5th in 1972. The event gained global participation, and now 143 countries observe it annually. In 2023, the 50th edition of this day will be hosted in Ivory Coast, with the Netherlands as a partner.
World environment day serves as a platform to raise awareness regarding environmental degradation and the need for conservation. It inspires individuals and leaders to find solutions for environmental preservation. This event prompts reflection on personal actions and encourages the adoption of sustainable lifestyles.
- Pollution: There are various factors that blow up pollution, such as increased use of transportation, smoking, use of volatile organics, excessive use of plastics, and littering wastes into water bodies and soil.
- Global warming: The burning of fossil fuels for electricity generation stands as the primary driver of global warming, resulting in the release of significant amounts of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane emissions from industrial activities further contribute to this issue.
- Deforestation: Wild and tropical forests are rapidly disappearing due to the increase of demands in the growing population. These forests are being cleared for activities like paper production, dam construction, and oil mining.
- Extinction of species: Illegal hunting and over-exploitation of wild habitats to satisfy human needs, have created a negative equilibrium in society. It affects all living species right, from polar bears in the Arctic regions and turtles on the shore of oceans.
Earth And Climatic Changes
Our planet is adversely affected by climate change. The changes are raging up as a culmination of human activities. Climate change is manifesting through various observable phenomena, including rising air and sea temperatures, altered rainfall patterns, a greater frequency of severe extreme weather events, and an overall increase in sea levels. These changes impact our biodiversity and humankind by affecting all living species in our biosphere. It has been projected that the planet's temperature might increase by 2.7 °C by the end of the century.
Impact On Human Health
"The Earth is what we all have in common."
The rising temperature and the intensity of heat waves have spiked in recent years. This climate change affects air and water quality, thereby creating a bed for microorganisms to breed and develop. Extreme heat waves produce significant consequences on our health and well-being. According to the latest report, more than 2.3 million premature deaths have occurred in India due to pollution.
Impacts Of Plastics On Ocean
Affects marine life: Plastic debris, originating from various sources, harms marine animals such as sea turtles, birds, sharks, and fish. They get entangled, choked, or mistakenly ingest plastic, leading to severe consequences and even death.
Destruction of habitats: Plastic pollution destroys habitats, including the formation of massive ocean garbage patches consisting of tons of plastic waste. These areas, containing large debris and microplastics, disrupt ecosystems and render them uninhabitable for many species.
Cascading effects on ecosystems: As marine animals perish due to plastic pollution, the repercussions extend beyond the ocean. This disruption causes devastating consequences for humanity, including food scarcity, climate change, erosion, and other ecological imbalances.
Environmental Changes and Disease Impacts:
- Air pollution and poor air quality contribute to respiratory diseases.
- Warmer temperatures promote fungal growth and increase the prevalence of infectious diseases.
- Higher temperatures can impact brain function and contribute to brain-related disorders.
- Heat stroke is a significant concern in relation to heat-related illness.
- A diminished ozone layer raises the risk of developing various cancers.
"Be Climate-Smart To Tackle The Warmer Earth."
- Opting for an electric vehicle to reduce carbon emissions is the major factor in rising air pollution.
- Choose a plant-based diet since it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle: Avoid plastics completely; instead, use eco-friendly products such as paper or jute bags that are compostable.
- Remember, our water bodies are not a sink to flush out chemicals and toxins.
- Pledge to plant a minimum of 100 saplings a year.
- Conserve energy by limiting the use of electric appliances, for instance, using LED lights.
- Be sensible while disposing of household waste, and practice segregating the degradable and non-degradable wastes.
Trash The Plastics, Treasure The Earth
This world environment day 2023, let's all take a transformative step and go hand in hand toward sustainable living. It is our duty to nurture and treat our mother earth right by not choking it with toxic junk, plastic, pollution, and heat. Let's unite to "Dump the Plastics" and protect our planet with the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution. Reduce plastic consumption, adopt sustainable alternatives, and promote responsible waste management. Together, we create a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations. Take action, inspire change, and bid farewell to plastics. A little bit of effort is better than no effort. So let's team up and be part of this global campaign to protect our planet because we have only one Earth.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."