Like every year Jharkhand is celebrating the World Environment today June 5 by highlighting the need to restore the ecosystem of water, forest and land.
In fact, the name Jharkhand means “ land of forest”,and rightly so. According to Indian Wild Life, Jharkhand is covered with more than 23,000 km² of forests, or about 30% of its total surface area.
Apart from Governor Draupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Hemant Soren, a number of NGOs such as Vikas Bharti celebrate the day by lecturing and campaigning to protect and promote the cause of Water(Jal), Forest(Jangal) and Jamin(Land).
As it is World Environment Day is the United Nations' flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world.
This year, the day is being hosted by our neighboring country Pakistan in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with the theme of 'ecosystem restoration.'
With the Covid19 pandemic, the climate has been suffering evermore with the increased use of plastic and non-biodegradable things including PPE kits, masks and other things.
This year, the urgency of preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems worldwide is the main focus.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen said, "2020 was a year of reckoning, facing multiple crises, including a global pandemic and the continued crises of climate, nature and pollution.
In 2021, we must take deliberate steps to move from crisis to healing: and in so doing, we must recognize that the restoration of nature is imperative to the survival of our planet and the human race."
The theme of 47th World Environment Day is 'Ecosystem Restoration.' This year, the focus is on resetting relations with nature. World Environment Day on June 5 will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
The UN Decade is intended to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems to fight the 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 percent by 2030.