These are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message, to care for ourselves we must care for nature.
It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to move closer back to our roots and build a healthier and safer environment for all.
This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.
The effect that humanity is having on the environment is becoming ever-more important. Through our actions we can destroy or build the lives of future generations. If we find it uncomfortable to deal with now, we are creating an uncomfortable life for our children. If we are passive now, we’re just passing the burning issues to our children.
World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. It is celebrated every year on 5 June to focus on a pressing environmental issues.
In 2020, the theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth. Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity. Not for black, not for white. A non-racist pun intended.
The extinction rate of species is now thought to be about 1,000 times higher than before humans dominated the planet. The sixth mass extinction in geological history has already begun, according to some scientists. (The Guardian)
WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY?
The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all ultimately rely on biodiversity. A very simplified example – without bees to pollinate there would be no plants, and without plants there would be no oxygen to breath. If undamaged, we can enjoy a finely balanced, healthy system which contributes to a healthy sustainable planet.
Reversing biodiversity loss is the only way to restore and sustain a healthy planet. Surprisingly, Covid-19 has been unusually beneficial for the environment. These few months have delivered cleaner air, lower carbon emissions, a respite for wildlife. It is time to reimagine our relationship with nature.
To find out more about sustainability, biodiversity, environmental issues, google those words. You can find great articles on World Environment Day, and if you are in a position to take action, you can join protests, sign petitions, and donate in your local country. Fridays For Future is a great platform to start!