Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday posted wishes on the World Environment Day, urging people to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
“On #WorldEnvironmentDay, we reiterate our pledge to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity. Let us do the collectively whatever possible to ensure the flora and fauna with whom we share the Earth thrive. May we leave an even better planet for the coming generations,” he said on Twitter.
“World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year”.
The theme of the World Environment Day this year is ‘Biodiversity’, which described as the variety of life in a particular habitat or ecosystem, where each species has play an important role. Upsetting this balance, including through over exploitation of the natural resources, can have enormous consequences.
Experts say loss of ‘Biodiversity’ can lead to emergence of new infectious diseases like Covid-19.This year, the Environment Ministry will hold virtual celebrations to mark the day due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the eve of the “World Environment Day” on Thursday, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that despite a huge human and animal population on a limited habitation of area, India has been able to maintain 8% of the world’s biodiversity because “our ethos is to live with the nature”.
In a video message, Javadekar said that there are many constraints for India in conserving the biodiversity, like 16 % of world’s human population and 16 % of cattle population living on 2.5% of world’s land.
“Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar” also said India is among the “very few countries walking the talk” on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).