Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June for creating awareness on emerging environmental issues. Environment Day is celebrated by over a billion people every year, and is a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. Environment Day reminds us about the need for conservation of our planet.The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is ‘Connecting People to Nature’, which asks us to get outdoors into the lap of nature, to understand its importance, to appreciate its beauty and to take forward the need to protect the earth where we live in.
This year’s theme invites everyone to think about how we are part of nature and how we depend on it. However, in order to make lives easier, humans have implanted technology in almost every sphere of life; without giving much ado to its repercussions.Vehicles have made transportation easier but they have turned the air around us poisonous. Water wastage is also rampant; reports of drought and water scarcity are a regular issue.Infrastructure development is resulting in lesser forest area, more cars on the road means more pollution and decreasing natural resources. Increased consumption and manufacturing produces more solid waste, consuming more land space and contaminating natural resources.Technology has had some positive effects like bringing in electric car technology and efficient heating, lighting and cooling systems. Incandescent bulbs are fast changed to LEDs.However, issues like pollution, global warming, overpopulation, depletion of natural resources, deforestation, among others are fast exhausting the environment.
Scientific evidences have now proved that humans are living unsustainably, and that an extraordinary collective effort is needed to maintain an ecological balance. For humans to live sustainably, earth's natural resources must be used at a certain rate at which they can be replenished and used again by future generations.Sustainability is the key to reduce the effect of environmental issues and moving in the right direction will decrease the drastically rising environmental degradation. Harmony between human and nature is needed so that both can flourish.
- Published in Tech