Today, June 5th: The World Environment Day (WED)! 🙂
I was supposed to hear about this special day in the morning, while watching TV at hospital. Since I was not well( suffering from high degree fever and head ache), it blared around my ears similar to a distortion. I thought about the relevance of this day at that instant in my mind. Actually, The World Environmental Day related programs was conducted in a much better way at school rather than at my college I guess. This was a day, we(both teachers and students) fermented some blast outs in the near by areas through rallies, seminar sessions, awareness classes and all during school days. Since I’m living in an Industrial area, that includes well known factories in India itself like FACT, HMT and TCC, which all are the pioneering chemicals and pollutants makers over here. Usually, I have a habit of walking in the early mornings. It’s a strange fact that in most of the days, I’ll be welcoming by “SMOKY“( appears as mist or fog) and “AMMONIA EJECTION” gases paths on the way. In addition to this, most of the lakes and rivers in “God’s own County” including Periyar, Bharathapuzha etc…etc.. are under EXTINCTION. I was really amazed to see one among the most popular river source in Kerala recently. It’s beyond ENDANGERED and ABERRATION now! This is not at all a haphazard ill treat from environment towards us to care, but it’s all because of the hell-bent insatiable HUMAN BEINGS way of approach against the nature as well as near future beings!
This is one among the drastic news I read recently! Due to global warming and associated climate change, the sea level would rise between ONE AND TWO METERS by the beginning of next century in Kochi, India! An expert study, prepared by more than 220 scientists belonging to over 120 institutions, claims that India’s coast is VULNERABLE, KERALA’s coast especially so! But for the same sea level conditions, 169 sq km and 599 square km will be inundated in the coastal region surrounding Kochi. Because of Kochi’s peculiar topography, with a network of tidal creeks, backwaters and lakes stretching inland from the coast, CAUSES CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN TOTAL AREA OF INUNDATION. It is estimated that sea level rise by 3.5 to 34.6 inches between 1990 and 2100 would result in saline coastal groundwater, endangering wet lands and inundating valuable land and coastal communities. This report is all about the future and it’s a truth that, Why I should care about it? Isn’t it? As a common man nearly for more than 60 years, that I’ll be alive on this world. Which means the above mentioned issue won’t affect me anyway. Let me tell you 1 fact! It’s all about the existence of my near future beings. As an ancestor, I MUST TAKE CARE of them too no? It’s quite natural way of following as we did the same from pre-cursor’s no?
Now, this is all about 2012’s predates about World Environmental Day!
The 2012 World Environment Day logo supports this year’s theme – Green Economy: Does it include you? 2012 is also the 40th anniversary for World Environment Day, since the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972. 🙂
In this significant year for the environment and sustainable development, the world leaders will once again meet at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 20 years after the historic Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Dubbed Rio+20, one of the main themes of this Summit is ‘a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’. Embodying this concept, the World Environment Day logo reflects the Green Economy through several elements that are included in the image. These elements reflect some of the ten sectors of economy identified as ideal for investment in the Green Economy in a UNEP report – Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.
Looking at the image from left to right, the ten sectors are renewable (represented by the solar panel and windmill), agriculture, buildings, transport, cities, forests and the others not symbolically represented but by no means any less important – waste, industries, tourism and fisheries.The World Environment Day logo also captures the spirit of celebration and human involvement. The pink dot is a head of person with arms raised and legs that flow into a ribbon.
The ribbon itself forms an abstract letter ‘W’ (for World) that changes colour from pink through blue into a green that represents a green economy. The person’s position in the ribbon is where the colour incidentally transitions into green, signifying that people – you – are central to a functional green economy and thus it must include you. The light green part of the ribbon curves into a slight horizon of the earth. The ribbon therefore emulates the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development (social, environment and economy) through its smooth flow from the human element (pink head), into the environment (earth) and supporting the economy (green economy sectors). The vibrant colours and use of a ribbon hopefully transmit the celebratory spirit we hope that all World Environment Day participants will radiate. This year must therefore be about spreading the word of the importance of the Green Economy and how it includes you. Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual action that, collectively, is multiplied into an exponential force that can effect positive change.
[Credits for Images added: Google]
I, Rahul Ashok, hereby declare in-front of the whole world through this pledge that,
“I will do my part to save the air we breathe and the water we drink by fighting global climate change.”