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Generation Restoration - Youth for Earth

Abid Areacode is the Indira Gandhi National Award winner National Service Scheme (A student team for Social service in India)Program Officer

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World Environment Day

It was in 1972 that the UN General Assembly selected June 5 as the World Environment Day. The official observation of World Environment Day started in 1974. A slogan is chosen for every year's celebration. The slogan of prime year was 'Only one Earth'. Following this the environmental policy of many countries changed or an attention on the same came. Also the celebration of World Environment Day created a platform to raise awareness on many environmental issues like pollution , plastic hazards, food security etc.

World Environment Day 2021

The World Environment day 2021 is in our doorstep. Various activities are scheduled around the globe. Pakistan is the host country of this year's World Environment day and the focal theme is Generation Restoration . It is expected that all government officials, other leaders in the country along with environmentalists and people will come forward to observe the day.

World Environment Day 2021 Theme

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the decade from 2021 to 2030 as UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. It is expected to be a global movement to reverse the degradation of our mother earth. The Ecosystem Restoration programme is lead by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The official launching of programme is on June 5th. The massive activity for restoration of millions of hectares of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will draw the full attention of the world.

What is Ecosystem ?

Ecosystem is the community or group of living organisms (animals , insects , birds and plants) and non living things (soil , water, light) that live in and interact with each other in a specific environment. These living and non living components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. There will be a food chain in an ecosystem which is very important in keeping the balance of the nature.An ecosystem has no fixed size. It can be as large as a desert or as small as a tree. River is a best example for an ecosystem.

What is Ecosystem Restoration ?

Many ecosystems in the world has been destroyed by the thoughtless activities of human beings. Some ecosystems ruined due to natural calamities. To conserve the nature the degraded and destroyed ecosystems should be restored. Also conserving the existing ecosystems should be conserved. The biodiversity should be kept for better life in this planet. The bring back of ecosystem to its previous state is called Ecosystem Restoration .

How to restore an ecosystem ?

Ecosystem restoration is not an easy process like its destruction. Also a ruined ecosystem may not be re instated in its original form and nature. The simplest method of Ecosystem Restoration is planting saplings. Making a forest by planting trees is not an easy task. Also a group of planted trees will not make a forest. Besides trees the flora and fauna should also nourish in between. Then only it will turn to a forest and which in turn create an ecosystem.

Host country

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which is the country to host World Environment Day Celebrations 2021 ?
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Iran
    • Nepal

Answer Key

  1. Pakistan

Who Should lead ?

The ecosystem restoration will make the earth more comfortable to live. So this process should start from grass root level. The school students should be aware about the hazards and threats that the planet face due to the illegal and thoughtless activities of the mankind.They should be asked to put forward a solution for this threats.The ideas emerging from them should be discussed in an expert committee. Finally the youth should be engaged in Ecosystem Restoration process.

What is our Activity?

Our local community also wish to participate in this Generation Restoration activity.Through the programme named Youth for Earth we wish to conduct a plantation drive individually. A sapling will be planted by each member of the group with family. Since the plantation is in the premises of their own house it will get enough care. Also we had planned an after care activity also. All who wish to co-operate with Youth for Earth may plant a tree in your home premises with your family members. If a grand parent and a grand child is there it will be more colourful and in line with the theme Generation Restoration. Also please send the photo of your activity to abid.areacode@gmail.com along with a brief description. Kindly post the photo in social media also with hash tags #YouthforEarth and #GenerationRestoration.

Together we can be #GenerationRestoration.

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