World Environment Day 2020: According to the UN, the theme for this year is 'Celebrate Biodiversity'. This year, the theme shall be hosted in Colombia, in partnership with Germany.
World Environment Day is one of the UN's most important day. It is observed on 5th June annually and is celebrated worldwide to spread awareness and environmental protection.
First celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA, this day has become a global platform for public outreach which is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
the UN, the theme for 2020 is 'Celebrate Biodiversity'. This year, the theme
shall be hosted in Colombia, in partnership with Germany. The day focuses on
raising awareness and taking proper measures to protect our environment. "Recent
events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust
infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic –
demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they
exist," the UN said in a statement.
How is coronavirus pandemic helping our environment to heal?
Experts have outlined several environmental factors that saw improvements in India as a result of the lockdowns, namely air quality, noise pollution, water quality, and biodiversity among others due to reduced industrial and human activities.
On March 24, the Union government ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting the movement of people in India as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then the lockdown has been extended many times with gradual lifting of restrictions.
“There is a large improvement in air quality, especially in urban areas — from alarming or poor to satisfactory or good. The main reason is reduced human activities,” said S K Satheesh, Professor at Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.
“On an average, reduction in particulate matter (PM) concentrations over southern part of India is around 50-60%, and over the Indo-Gangetic basin, including Delhi, UP, Bihar, West Bengal etc it is as much as 75%,” he said.
Mr. Satheesh noted that the major contributing factors of pollution are transport vehicles, industries, crop-residue burning, waste burning and so on.
With many factories and businesses closed, combined with fewer cars on the road and fewer planes in the sky, our natural environment is recovering slowly.
China's 40% drop in NO₂ on 2019 levels for January and February in some areas equates to removing a whopping 192,000 cars.
Normally, air pollution causes about 4.6 million premature deaths annually worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
But evidence is showing that our atmosphere might just be a little healthier during this time. Satellite images released by the European Space Agency (ESA) have shown a dramatic reduction in atmospheric nitrous oxide.
Mother nature is showing us all her character traits. She is happy, sometimes she is angry. One thing that we should all do after the lockdown is to respect our mother nature. Thank her for everything. We should be grateful for the sacrifices that she has made and still making for all of us. We have to come out as a better person after this.