5th June, every year, is observed as the World Environment Day or simply Environment Day all over the world. The annual celebration campaign of the World Environment Day was initiated to address major environmental issues like wastage and losses of food, deforestation, increasing global warming to name a few.
Every year, a particular theme and slogan are chosen to bring effectiveness in the campaign all around the world. Over the years, it has been celebrated to successfully get carbon neutrality, reducing greenhouse effects, promoting biofuels production by planting on degraded lands, use of hydro-power, encourage common public to use solar water heaters, energy production through solar sources, promoting coral reefs and mangroves restoration and so many more causes.
Today, you should definitely know what the UN General Secretary had to say on this day and also how a unique initiative by an Indian will inspire you to do something this Environment Day and play your part as an Earth resident.
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United Nations General Secretary António Guterres, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2017 urges everyone to "Cherish the planet that protect us". A 38-second video has been released that shows Guterres appealing people to use less plastic, drive less and waste less food and reconnect with nature. Check out the full video and know more!
The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is "Connecting People to Nature". Since its inception in 1972, World Environment Day is now celebrated in more than 100 counties across the world. It has become a global platform for saving the environment and taking initiatives that will make us capable enough to do so.
> To make citizens aware of the existing environmental issues.
> Encourage people from different communities across the world to actively participate in the celebration and become an active Earth resident and play their roles in developing environmental safety measures.
> Encourage people to make their surroundings safe and clean to for a healthy present and prosperous future.
A variety of activities are held across the world in various countries. News reporters, channels, newspapers, etc take part in these activities and cover the same in order to leave an influential effect on people of the world. Some national and international activities include street rallies, tree plantation, garbage recycling, surrounding areas clean-up, parades.
An initiative by an Indian is worth a mention on this World Environment Day.
#WeSparrow is the brainchild of a young bird enthusiast, Akshat Shrivastava of Bhopal in India. The movement was started in January 2017 to create awareness about sparrows, their fast decline and it's adverse effect on the ecological balance. It aims at educating people about the need of conserving sparrows has soon found momentum not only in Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh, but also in many other states of the India.
To educate people about the importance of sparrow, Akshat Shrivastava is seen marking his presence at the most popular tourist attractions of Madhya Pradesh and creating awareness. Similarly, volunteers of the movement in different parts of the country are on the run, visiting places that attracting tourists in large numbers and educating them on the ways they can contribute to the conservation of sparrows.
#WeSparrow is named so because of its proximity to human habitation. Although the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) lists the bird's conservation status as 'least concern', the tiny birds have an alarming situation in India, thanks to the rapid growth of urban jungles that are leading to lack of proper habitat for these birds. Situations were not the same until a decade back. Most millennial of India grew up close to nature amidst an abundance of house sparrows. However, sadly enough, with the turn of the century and the advancement of technology, globalization, and change in lifestyle of people in India has posed a threat to the house sparrows.
On this World Environment let us do our part and do something, just something to "Cherish the only planet that protects us"