The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Connecting People to Nature’, which is an attempt to bring in the contribution of people towards saving our environment.
The day is celebrated each year with the aim of spreading global awareness towards environment related issues. This year, the theme strives towards bringing people closer towards the idea of sustainable development, thereby making sure that the future generations get their share of natural resources when the time comes.
The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973 at Stockholm, Sweden. Since then, every year the day is hosted by a different location. This year the hosting country is Canada.
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to spread awareness about the importance of June 5 and wrote:
#WorldEnvironmetnDay is the right time to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our environment and nurturing a better planet.
This year’s theme of ‘Connecting People to Nature’ is nothing but getting connected with ourselves. #WithNature
-Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
On June 2, PM Modi reaffirmed his stand on the Paris agreement while US President Donald Trump pulled out of the climate change deal. Describing the agreement as essential for reaping long-term environmental benefits, PM said, “Paris agreement is the shared legacy of the world. It will benefit the future generations as well. We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources. We must do the same for our future.”
He also stressed on the idea of World Environment Day becoming one’s individual campaign rather than a global campaign alone. Nurturing a better planet by means of sustainable development was the theme behind the latest Mann ki Baat address to the nation as well on May 28.
The effects of climate change are quite evident with summers being hotter and winter temperature dropping too low so as to break past records. From untimely to almost negligible rainfall at most parts of the country, food production is getting adversely hit by the degradation of the environment.
It is indeed high time that we stop taking our natural resources for granted and strive towards providing the future generations with a better tomorrow.
#WorldEnvironmentDay #SaveTheEarth #SaveTheEnvironment #PreserveNature