Importance of World Environment day, June 5 th 2017

Dr. Anil Kumar M R, Scientist, Eureka Forbes Limited, Bangalore.

World Environment Day was chosen by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from deliberations on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first World Environment day was held with the theme "Only One Earth. Now, World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, World Environment Day has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes. The theme for 2017 is & Connecting People to nature’. This year’s theme demands everyone to get into outdoors and connect with the nature to appreciate its beauty and its importance for the sustainability. It is very important to protect our environment and conserve the life supporting systems.

On this world environment day, 5 th June Eureka Forbes and V Citizens Action Network (VCAN) jointly organizing the tree planation in 5 societies of Mumbai. Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe.

“A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year (21.8 kg) and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.”​

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbor hood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

Every day we are polluting the atmosphere and we are forced to inhale toxic gases which cases huge health problems.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship. Let’s all join together to bring the change and protect and preserve our nature.

It’s no secret that trees help the environment, but you may be surprised by all the benefits that planting trees can provide. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees have many other social, economic, and environmental benefits.

References:

- McAliney, Mike. Arguments for Land Conservation: Documentation and Information Sources for Land Resources Protection, Trust for Public Land, Sacramento, CA, December 1993

- Environment Canada, Canada’s national environmental agency

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