July 28, 2021: The American transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau said once: “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”. Yes indeed. The warmth of the soil that raised us is no less celestial and enchanting than the Sun, the Moon and the stars that hang in the universe. With thousands of human civilizations becoming more and more Anthropocene in their thought and action, it is impending to venture back to our roots, metaphoric and literal. The ecosystem is so constructed by the miraculous hands of God that humans and nature are interdependent, living, breeding and multiplying take from each other, leading to the celebration of World Nature Conservation Day 2021.
World Nature Conservation Day 2021
The lightening-paced technological developments that have made the impossible, possible, have in some way snatched away our reliance on and subsequently our value of mother nature.
Today, human greed is what dictates our terms with the land that sustains us. Plundering natural resources, breaking the ozone layer with incessant industrialisation, deforestation, cutting through forests to make fancy decor, all of this has caused an insurmountable burden on the planet.
Hence, World Nature Conservation Day is observed annually with an aim to spread an awareness about how our lifestyle is harming nature– Pollution, burning fossil fuels, Overpopulation, soil erosion and deforestation, their impacts, which if left unchecked, will turn the green planet into a grim apocalyptic lifeless planet. The day also aims to encourage people to conserve natural resources like – water, fuels, air, minerals, soil, wildlife, etc.
Every year July 28 is observed as World Nature Conservation Day by more than 143 Countries to re-educate the masses about how a healthy environment is the foundation of a stable and healthy society.
World Nature Conservation Day 2021 Theme
The Theme of the World Nature Conservation Day 2021 is ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet ‘ which will underline the observation specifics of the day, globally.
History and significance of the day
The history and origin of World Nature Conservation Day is yet to be known, however the main aim of celebrating it on this day is for us humans to assess collectively as the ‘Crown of the universe’, the activities that exploit Nature and find out steps to prevent the same.
Humans are facing the wrath of global warming, various diseases, natural disasters, increased temperature, etc, due to the overexploitation of natural resources.
Various projects undertaken to conserve the nature
1. Nagar Van Udyan Scheme
2. Waste Management under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
3. Project Tiger
Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched in April 1973 by the Government of India.
4. Mangroves for the Future (MFF)
Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development.
5. National Wetland Conservation Programme
NPCA is a single conservation programme for both wetlands and lakes.
Efforts to be made by the common people
1. Abhor and spread awareness against cutting down trees. Plant trees instead. Replace the ‘de’ in deforestation with an ‘Af’.
2. Use available water in the ground only when you need to.
3. Curtail the production of intoxicating gases like carbon.
4. Circulate the water that has been used. Recycle.
5. Be responsible and take up arrangements to save rainwater to bring ground water back to level.
6. Limit noise pollution.
7. Say a big no to plastic and bring in the used paper scrap to make envelopes or cloth bags.
8. Turn off the fan and light of the room where not in use.
9. Keep tabs on the water flow in the washroom and sink. Do not let the water flow excessively.
10. Make the maximum of today’s digitalisation! If we pay all our bills online, it will not only save our time but also save paper and petrol diesel.
11. Walk more and cycle more so as to put a stop to the harmful gas emissions.
12. Use techniques that are positively related to nature, such as usage of organic manure and less use of canned goods.
13. Promote technologies to improve the climate.