Every year on June 5th, people all around the world commemorate World Environment Day to encourage individuals and communities to take action to avoid the growing strain on the planet's natural systems from reaching the maximum thresholds.
World Environment Day: Now is the time to profoundly reconsider our relationship with the living world, natural ecosystems, and biodiversity.
"The commemoration of this day provides us with a chance to extend the basis for educated discourse and responsible behavior by individuals, businesses, and communities in protecting and enriching the environment," according to the United Nations.
"Ecosystem Restoration" is the theme for this year's World Environment Day. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 will be officially launched this year, a global endeavor to restore billions of hectares of land, from forests to farmlands, from the highest peaks to the deepest depths of the ocean.
What is an ecosystem?
An ecosystem is a group of plants and animals that interact with one other and their non-living surroundings in a specific area. Weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, and atmosphere are examples of non-living environments.
The ecosystem refers to the manner that all of these various organisms coexist in close quarters and interact with one another.
What is Ecosystem Restoration?
To transition from exploiting nature to healing it, ecosystem restoration entails avoiding, halting, and reversing the damage. Ecosystem restoration entails assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as the preservation of intact ecosystems. Restoration can take numerous forms, including consciously planting or reducing barriers so that natural systems can thrive.
How can we restore the ecosystem?
Forests, farmlands, towns, wetlands, and oceans are all examples of ecosystems that can be restored. Governments and development organizations, as well as corporations, communities, and individuals, can undertake restoration programs. Because the causes of degradation are numerous and diverse, they can have an impact on many levels.
Furthermore, the rampant coronavirus pandemic has served as a stark reminder of how devastating ecological degradation may be. The dwindling natural environment for animals has created ideal conditions for infections to spread, such as coronaviruses.
Healthy soils are essential for our food systems as well as the restoration of forest and agrarian crops. However, soil degradation jeopardizes not only the ecosystem's intrinsic worth, but also its ability to generate healthy and sustainable crops. As a result, soil restoration is critical to the survival of life on Earth.
Monitoring, treatment, remediation, and mitigation of degraded ecosystems are all step-by-step target objectives in traditional ecosystem restoration strategies. Indigenous expertise of ecosystem restoration procedures serves as the foundation for today's modern ecosystem restoration approaches.
We can't go back in time. We can, however, plant trees, green our cities, re-wild our gardens, alter our diets, and clean up our rivers and coastlines. We are the generation that will be able to live in harmony with environment.
Let's get active instead of worrying. Let us be bold in taking risks and restoring our ecosystem.