World Environment Day, which is celebrated on 5th June every year, is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
This year’s observance of World Environment Day will be on the theme of ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and focus on resetting our relation with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030.
The UN Decade is intended to scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems to combatting climate crisis, prevent the loss of a million species and enhance food security water supply and livelihoods.
Reviving natural carbon sinks – such as forests and peatlands – could help close the climate emissions gap by 25% by 2030. Replanting with native tree species can also help buffer some of the expected devastating effects of a warming planet, such as increased risk of forest fires. Currently, 3.2 billion people – 40% of the world’s population – suffer from the continued degradation of ecosystems, for example by losing access to fertile soil or safe drinking water.
The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified critical for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
Members of Don Bosco TVET Green Clubs from Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria have planned a couple of activities to commemorate this day on 7th June 2021, under the slogan “Restore Nature: Raise your voice for the Environment.” Among the planned activities are; tree planting, clean-up drive, environmental conservation awareness talks, and games and competition.