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World Environment Day 2015
World Environment Day 2015

June 5th, World Environment Day

“The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.”

The above is a passage from UNEP’s website on the occasion of the World Environment Day. It bears the title “Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet. Consume with Care!”

It is evident by now that our planet has limited natural resources and we cannot expect to safeguard the survival of this home of ours and of all other creatures if we continue to use natural resources as carelessly as we have been using until now. We have no choice but to manage and use our resources cautiously and sustainably so that life on earth continues and future generations can also benefit from it.

A cursory look at just one such resource, water, shows what dangers may lie ahead if our natural resources are used unsustainably.

  • In many parts of the world, including in an alarming way in Iran, underground water reserves are being depleted, and many of the plains that are used for agriculture will soon have no water.
  • Less than 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), of which 2.5 percent is frozen in the Antarctica, Arctic, and glaciers.
  • In our world today man is polluting water faster than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes.
  • More than one billion inhabitants of the earth have no access to fresh water.
  • Climate change has led to long and recurring droughts and alarming drops in annual rainfalls in certain parts of the world, including in the Middle East and Iran.
  • Almost all wetlands in Iran have dried up or are in the process of drying up. The main cause of this trend has been excessive dam buildings in the name of development and progress with no regard for the long-term ecological consequences.

Is this the planet that we wish to hand over to our future generations? What future really lies ahead of our children and of the generations to come?

Let’s on the occasion of the World Environment Day make an oath to safeguard through our own efforts this home of ours which is our heritage and upon which our future and the future of all life depends. Let’s not forget that big works always begin from small steps that each and every one of would take.

Let us all stride toward protecting our environment!