Global leaders, environmentalists, civil societies, among others, are today marking the 2020 World Environment Day by advocating for protection of the environment through promotion of environmental justice.
WED is globally marked every June 5, in about 150 countries to create awareness and take action to protect and offer solutions to challenges affecting the environment.
The 2020 WED is to be hosted by Colombia with the theme: “Biodiversity”, and the slogan: “Time for Nature”, to focus on nature, biodiversity conservation and sustainability, following the fact that one million plant and animal species are facing extinction.
However, due to the lockdown going on across the globe and most people working from home to stop the spread of COVID-19, participants will mark the event in a global online forum.
The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, while announcing the 2020 theme in Madrid last year said 2020 was a year for urgency, ambition and action to address the crisis facing nature and also an opportunity to fully incorporate nature-based solutions into global climate action.
Meanwhile, UNEP pointed that the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature and nature is sending us a message that to care for ourselves, we must care for nature.