Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.
Those are the watchwords of World Environment Day, an annual day of celebration and contemplation taking place globally on June 5th every year. In 2021, Pakistan is playing host to the official events of the day, which this year also mark the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
According to the UN, a football field of forest is lost every 3 seconds, the last century has seen us destroy half of our wetlands, and as much as 50% of the earth’s coral reefs have already perished. Now, to avoid the worst of what could come, the world must come together to take the loss of biodiversity and limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less. That is the goal, and there are few others, if any, that are as important.
World Environment Day is a celebration of the progress we have made and our commitments to the future, but it is also an opportunity for us to consider how much there is still to do if we are to avoid the worst outcomes for our planet.