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Environment: Need of 3R’s- Reimagine, Recreate & Restore

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. —John Paul II.


The Global Organization has designated five months of the Gregorian calendar as a Day around the world to recognize that the protection and health of the environment can be a major issue affecting human well-being and economic development around the world. The celebration of the modern era} gives the North American country the opportunity to expand the concept of enlightened vision and responsive behavior by individuals, businesses, and communities in conserving and developing the environment. The environment finds time to clean itself and reclaim its place when there is no human activity during the locking up caused by coronavirus. This year the theme for World Environment Day was “Reflect and Restore” which marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade and focuses on the restoration of the ecosystem. Pakistan is a global day-to-day celebration to highlight the importance of ecological resilience this year.

Historical Background

The United Nations established World Environment Day in 1972 as a result of debates about the integration of human-environment relations during the Stockholm Convention on Human Environment. Two years later, World WEDDER (WED) was celebrated in 1974, with the theme “Only One World.” The UN is acting as a major vehicle for raising awareness and taking action to protect the environment. It has served as an awareness center on environmental issues such as marine pollution, human encroachment, global warming, sustainable use and wildlife crime. Almost every year 143 countries participate in World Environment Day, which serves as a global forum for public outreach. The program provides a theme and forum for organizations, nonprofits, cities, governments, and celebrities to fight environmental issues. In addition, people around the world celebrate nature day in a variety of ways, such as planting trees, cleaning local beaches, organizing meetings, and participating in online protests. The initiative was taken by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) with the aim of focusing on a different global problem.

The Role of the United Nations Environment Program  (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is responsible for jointly responding to environmental issues within the United Nations system. It was founded by Maurice robust, its first director, who once hosted the United Nations Environment Program in the national capital in the month of the Gregorian calendar in 1972. The organization collectively forms international environmental agreements; publishes and promotes environmental science and helps national governments win environmental policies. As a member of the United Nations Development Program, UNEP aims to help the planet meet its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. UNEP hosts the authors of numerous environmental agreements and analytical frameworks, as well as The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Minamata Convention on Mercury, The Convention on Migratory Species, and the Convention on International change species of the untamed Fauna and Flowers (CITES). In 1988, the World Earth Science Organization and UNEP established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). UNEP is one of the many active frameworks of the Global atmosphere Facility (GEF) and a multi-stakeholder fund to implement the Metropolis Protocol. UNEP uses the chosen name of the international organization. The UN General Assembly is a UNEP organization. Created in 2012 to replace the Governing Body, it currently has 193 members and meets every two years.


Following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on the Report of the Fourth Assessment Report in 2007, Paris demanded Action, provided by French President Jacques Chirac and supported by 46 states, demanding that UNEP be replaced by a new and stronger United Nations. The state of the organization “, to be a carved image on World Health Organization. Forty-sixcountries have closed the European Union but have largely failed to accept U. S., Saudi Arabia,Russia, and China, four of the world’s highest greenhouse gases. In December 2012, following the

Rio + 20 summit, the UN General Assembly announced that it would “strengthen and improve” UNEP and establish an international membership of its organization.

3R’s- Reimagine, Recreate and Restore

Progress is not possible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

We have been abusing and degrading our planet for too long. Every three seconds, the earth loses enough forest to cover a football field, and we have already destroyed half of our wetlands in the last century. Although global warming is limited to 1.5 ° C, about 50% of our coral reefs are already depleted, and 90% of coral reefs could be destroyed by 2050. At a time when mankind may not be able to find it, environmental degradation is depleting the earth’s carbon dioxide and crustaceans. Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen for three consecutive years, putting the earth on the brink of potentially dangerous climate change. The appearance of COVID-19 also showed the negative effects of environmental degradation. We have created appropriate conditions for infection, such as coronaviruses, to multiply by reducing the natural habitat of animals.

With this big and complex image in mind, the theme for World Environment Day is “Reimagine, Recreate and Restore” which focuses on reincarnation. The transition from exploiting the environment to healing it, rehabilitation involves protecting, stopping, and reversing the damage. This World Environment Day will mark the beginning of the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Nature (2021-2030), a global effort to reclaim billions of acres of land, from forests to farms, from the highest peaks to the depths of the oceans. We can only improve people’s lives, fight climate change, and stop the loss of biodiversity if the environment is healthy.

Ecosystem Investment Isan Investment in Our Future

The conventional functions of World Environment Day 2021, which will be held in Pakistan this year, request prompt activity to reestablish our harmed biological systems. We as a whole depend on solid biological systems for endurance, from timberlands to peatlands to seashores. Ecosystems are defined as the interactions of living species (plants, animals, and humans) with their environment. This encompasses both natural and man-made systems like cities and farms.

Ecosystem restoration is a big worldwide endeavour. It involves reestablishing billions of hectares of land — a region bigger than China or the United States – to guarantee that individuals have food, clean water, and work. It involves saving plants and animals very nearly termination, from the most noteworthy tops to the sea’s most profound profundities. It also encompasses the numerous modest activities that everybody can take daily, like planting trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens, and cleaning up rubbish along rivers and coasts. People gain significantly from the environmental restoration. At least $ 7 to $ 30 is expected on public refunds for each dollar invested in the refund. Restoration also generates employment in rural regions, which are desperately needed. A few nations have effectively occupied with reclamation as a component of their COVID-19 recuperation procedure. In a nutshell, there is a dire need to follow the 3R’s Reimagine, Recreate and Restore as we know the quality of life wholly depends on the quality of the environment in which we live.

The author is a Research Scholar at the Department of History, School of Social Sciences & Languages, Lovely Professional University Punjab, India.


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