Mountains of loved ones' dead
bodies wrapped in plastic-
Pandemic and World Environment Day 2021
By - Prabir Rai Chaudhuri-
The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is 'Ecosystem Restoration' and this year Pakistan will be the global organizer for this day. This World Environment Day marks the beginning of the United Nations Ecological Restoration Decade (2021-2030), a global mission to revitalize billions of hectares of land, from forests to agricultural land, from mountain peaks to the depths of the sea.
For a long time, people have been exploiting and destroying the planet's ecosystem. Every three seconds, forest area compared
to the size of a football field is being destroyed and in the last century, we have destroyed half of the wetlands. 50 percent of the world's coral reefs have already been lost, and up to 90 percent could be lost by 2050, although global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The loss of the ecosystem is depriving the world of carbon sinks like forests and wetlands, at a time when humanity at least cannot afford it. Global greenhouse gas emissions have increased for three consecutive years and the planet has become an ideal place for potentially catastrophic climate change. We must now fundamentally rethink about the ecosystem and our relationship with the biodiversity and the living world and work towards its restoration.
By shrinking natural habitats for animals, killing them indiscriminately, cutting down trees illegally, destroying forests, curbing uncontrolled industrial pollution, and creating conditions for pathogens for comfort and luxury. The epidemic is its consequence
Not only the Covid-19 epidemic, we must also be prepared for the unknown destruction yet to come. Such is the revenge of the mother Nature.
The reality is that only through a healthy ecosystem can we increase human livelihoods, prevent climate change and stop the decline of biodiversity.
About World Environment Day
World Environment Day is observed on June 5 every year to raise awareness and protect the environment. According to the United Nations, "The celebration of this day provides an opportunity for us to take an enlightened view of individual-initiatives and communities in conserving and enhancing the environment, as well as broadening the foundations for responsible behavior."
The initiative employs governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens of each country to focus their efforts on an important environmental issue that will help raise environmental awareness in the future.
What is an ecosystem?
Simply put, an ecosystem is an area of plant and animal communities that survives by interacting with each other and with their inanimate environment. Inanimate environments include weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, and atmosphere.
Ecology of all these different organisms are related to the way they live close to each other and how they interact with each other.
What is ecosystem restoration?
Restoring the ecosystem means preventing, stopping and reversing the damage mankind has done to the nature - using nature to prevent it from being destroyed. Recovering an ecosystem means helping to restore a degraded or destroyed ecosystem, as well as caring for ecosystems that are still intact. Recovery can happen in a variety of ways - for example by actively planting trees or by removing the pressure of pollution so that nature can recover on its own.
How can the ecosystem be restored?
All types of ecosystems can be restored, including forests, agricultural lands, cities, wetlands and oceans. From governments and development agencies to businesses, communities and individuals - almost anyone can start a recovery initiative. This is because the causes of degradation are many and varied, and can affect different levels. So all initiatives from small to large are welcomed.
For example, erroneous harmful policies such as subsidies for intensive cultivation or weak tenure laws that encourage deforestation. Lakes and coastlines can be polluted due to poor waste management or industrial pollution. As a result of commercial expansion, cities become very polluted and no one pays attention to the expansion of complementary green forests.
Overall domestic government, private and personal initiative, planning and its implementation can be the only way to survive. Compromisation and corruption with the environment have brought their own destruction - and will continue to do so in the future. The mountain of the corpse of a loved one wrapped in black plastic is its grim reminder.
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