World Environment Day

On June 5, every year world environment day is celebrated all over the world. With the novel coronavirus pandemic raging across the world, we must reflect on the ways to rebuild our relationship with the human environment. Our great biodiversity serves as a never-ending source of spiritual enrichment, linked to our physical and mental well-being. The varied ecosystem across the land, water, and air enhances the human environment and shields us from environmental disasters. But how much damage we have made to the human environment? Are our steps at present, enough to combat with the already harm done to the human environment?

Human Environment

The exact economic value of entire ecosystem services provided by the rich biodiversity may not be known, but some estimates suggest that our forests alone may yield services worth more than trillion rupees per year. Imagining this greater value derived from grasslands, wetlands, marine, and freshwater may give goosebumps to the green economists. But unfortunately, today we face not only one of the worst public health infrastructure crisis but also a worldwide slump in biodiversity. Around the world, we have lost nearly 7%-8% intact forests since 2000. Moreover, some recent assessments indicate that over a million species will be lost forever in the coming decade.

Our Earth wrapped up in plastic

Green Economy

A green economy can be defined as low carbon, environment resilient, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive. In a green economy development, infrastructures, and economic activities are done with lesser carbon footprints and pollution; while maintaining the enhanced energy and preventing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A green economic environment often promotes renewable sources of energy such as; solar energy, wind energy, and nuclear energy. The idea of a green economy does not replace sustainable development rather generates a new focus on the economy, infrastructure, investment, and positive social and environmental outcomes across the world.

Outcomes and Awareness

The ongoing pandemic and climate change are putting additional stress on our natural ecosystem. Although it is clear that repairing our dysfunctional relationship with nature is the only way to mitigate climate change and curtail future outbreaks of infectious diseases that can bring unimaginable misery in the human environment. Thus preserving biodiversity and switching to the green economy is directly relevant to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of the human environment. We have to think and work on the concept of “One health for all living organisms”, including the invisible biota in our soil that sustain our agriculture systems.

Another important aspect that needs to be addressed is human awareness with respect to our environment. The government alone cannot create a major impact in repairing the damaged ecosystem. It is the people who need to proactively take part and work collaterally with the government.

“Flora and Fauna is everywhere, and we communicate with biodiversity all the time in our daily lives. Public engagement, whether it is in the policymaking arena, or in exploration, restoration, and conservation of biodiversity, is a critical component of the planned mission for the human environment”.

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