On this year World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is bridging links between the temperament of the planet, and human health, and accentuating the importance of saving biodiversity, the system that enables life.
“In total, at least 70 percent of arising infectious diseases such as COVID-19 are crossing from the wild to people, and “transformative actions are a must require Eco-friendlier the environment and human rights”. This was the statement from David Boyd, the independent UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, ahead of this year’s Day.
Adding further he said that all the countries should take considerable steps to protect biodiversity, stop climatic upheaval, decrease toxic pollution, and prevent the disease which is communicable from animals to humans.
Decode the messages
UN chief Antonio Guterres asserted that “nature is delivering us a clear message. We are damaging the natural world, to our own detriment.”
He pointed out that habitat degradation and biodiversity loss were stimulating, “climate disruption is getting worse…To care for people, we must care for nature.”
“Time for nature since World Environment Day” was inaugurated in 1974, it has grown to become the UN’s greatest annual event, supporting environmental action and putting forward worldwide attention of the necessity to increase safety for the planet’s long-term survival.
The 2020 edition, which has the catchphrase “Time for Nature”, is being hosted by Colombia, which is regulating several events, streamed life, which can be accessed easily on social media. The idea is biodiversity protection, at a time when one million animal and plant species are believed to be on the edge of extinction.
This year’s Day inescapably references the global COVID-19 health crisis, citing that, with the population almost double over the past 50 years, and the global economy rising fourfold over the same duration, the subtle balance of nature has been disrupted, creating favorable conditions for pathogens, such as COVID-19, to spread out.
As countries get connected, and governments authorize inducement packages to support job creation, poverty reduction, development and economic growth, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is requesting them to “build back better”.
This scheme involves various eco-friendly investments like renewable energy, smart housing, and so on, under prescribed guidelines.
A failure to do so, warns UNEP, and an attempted return to business conventionally, risks seeing imbalances rising even further, and a worsening of the deterioration of the planet, at a time when more than a billion of animal and plant species are on the verge of being extinct.
In a statement, Mr. Boyd even said that impure air is a bottom element of the right to an active environment, jointly we can save it, with clean water and sufficient sanitation, healthy and sustainably produced food, a non-poisonous environment, healthy biodiversity, and a safe climate can be achieved.
“The right to a healthy environment is essential to human well-being and is lawfully perceived by over 150 States at the national and regional levels. It should be world-widely reaffirmed to confirm the achievement of this right by everyone, everywhere while approving the human rights doctrines of universality and non-discrimination.”