The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity’. The purpose of the day is to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment. According to the UN, the theme for World Environment Day is ‘Celebrating Biodiversity’ – a concern that is both urgent and existential.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. For instance, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the benefits that our nature gives us, we still mistreat it. This is why we celebrate awareness.
“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.
This year, celebrations are expected to be subdued and confined to online seminars and activities due to our current crisis.
Instead of going to plant saplings and new plants, countries are expected to conduct online activities to promote environmental protection and awareness.
You can find out how to get involved and show your support through the World Environment Day website.