Kickstarting Decade of Ecosystem Restoration this World Environment Day. World Environment Day. The World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on the 5th of June every year, and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. With the World Environment Day coming on Friday 5 June 2020 with the theme around Biodiversity and with the UN Environment Program (UNEP).
Youth have a huge role to play to achieve a much cleaner and greener environment. With the World’s Youth population (15-24 years) standing at 1.2 billion and further growth being anticipated for the nearest future, the investments in youth must be targeted at enabling the Youth to adopt sustainable methods for environmental protection while being environmental champions.
Mr. Jatin Pandya, GM Projects & Facility, Apollo Hospitals Ahmedabad, said, “A number of Youth from across the World are engaging in critical activities towards ensuring the protection of the environment and contributing to the achievement of SDG’s. As the countdown to World Environment Day on Friday 5 June 2020, such young people must be honored and celebrated.
One such Young person, an Eco-Hero is Kushal Naharki, a young changemaker from Nepal who is passionate about empowering youth & communities through knowledge sharing, trainings, events and campaigns and has been actively contributing in the field of Environment, Agriculture and Youth Empowerment.”
Importance of Energy conservation– The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed said Gandhiji. Hard facts on why energy conservation is a must are outlined below.
We use energy faster than it can be produced – Coal, oil and natural gas – the most utilized sources take thousands of years for formation.
Energy resources are limited – India has approximately 1% of world’s energy resources but it has 16% of world population.
Most of the energy sources we use cannot be reused and renewed – Non renewable energy sources constitute 80% of the fuel use. It is said that our energy resources may last only for another 40 years or so. We save the country a lot of money when we save energy – About 75 per cent of our crude oil needs are met from imports which would cost about Rs.1, 50,000 crore a year.
We save our money when we save energy – Imagine your savings if your LPG cylinder comes for an extra week or there is a cut in your electricity bills.
We save our energy when we save energy – When we use fuel wood efficiently, our fuel wood requirements are lower and so is our drudgery for its collection.
Energy saved is energy generated – When we save one unit of energy, it is equivalent to 2 units of energy produced
Save energy to reduce pollution – Energy production and use account to large proportion of air pollution and more than 83 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
An old Indian saying describes it this way – The earth, water and the air are not a gift to us from our parents but a loan from our children. Hence, we need to make energy conservation a habit