World Environment Day observed
World Environment Day on Sunday observed across the globe including Pakistan with an aim to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action. Ministry of Climate Change and other organisations working for the protection of environment organised seminars and events in all four provinces including federal capital.
The Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This day encourages world-wide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries.
It also serves as the `people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanising individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. The day observed in order to highlight a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters.
Last month, at the second United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, UN “Wild For Life” global campaign was launched, led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on the International Trade in Wild Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).The campaign asks everyone to pledge to end the illegal trade in wildlife, from ordinary citizens, who can ensure they do not buy prohibited products, to governments, who can pursue change though implementing effective policies to protect species and ecosystems.
Angola, which is this year’s World Environment Day global host, has served notice that it will no longer tolerate the sale of illegal wildlife products and is strengthening legislation and increasing border controls as part of efforts to restore elephant populations that were devastated by the country’s civil war. Such action sends a strong message that wild species of plants and animals are a precious commodity that must be sustainably managed and protected from illegal trade.