Time for nature
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. For instance, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the beneﬁts that our nature give us, we still mistreat it.That is why we need to work on that. That is why we need this Observance.
This year, the theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushﬁres in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.
Biodiversity and its connection to humans
Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, scientiﬁc understanding and medicine sources, natural disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. Changing, or removing one element of this web affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences. Human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensiﬁed agriculture, and acceleration of climate change, have pushed nature beyond its limit. It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make of nature each year. If we continue on this path, biodiversity loss will have severe implications for humanity, including the collapse of food and health systems.
Keeping this in mind, The school boosted the motivation of the students by providing them with the idea for conserving the biodiversity. The schools students celebrated World Environment Day at their respective home, making different charts and prepared presentation giving their views on how to conserve the biodiversity. It was delighted moment while hearing the views of students understanding the importance of the nature and how to only use it but also how to conserve it for the future.
The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. Today, it is estimated that, globally, about one billion cases of illness and millions of deaths occur every year from diseases caused by corona viruses; and about 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted to people by animals.
Nature is sending us a message So we should prepare the next generation of students by making them understand the sensitivity of the issues.