World Environment Day today

The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.

Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Enviornment-day-450x198Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

The WED theme this year is therefore “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.

With a view to creating awareness about using the natural resources efficiently, the World Environment Day, 2015 is being observed in the Bangladesh as elsewhere around the world.

Various programs, including colorful procession, rally, painting exhibition, essay writing competition among juveniles and children and open discussion, have been taken across the country in observance of the day.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the World Environment Day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon all to be more careful to protect the environment.

In a message United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation, and without compromising the resource needs of future generations. We can do this by shifting our consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water and other resources, and by wasting less food.”

“In this year of transformation, when we hope to see great advances on sustainable development and climate change, let us celebrate World Environment Day by becoming more conscious of our ecological impact. Let us think about the environmental consequences of the choices we make. Let us become better stewards of our planet,” he said.

Watch the official teaser video of the day here:

 – Ittfaq Report