Today is the World Environment Day, hosted by Colombia this 2020, is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June: engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
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.
Did you know?
In the last 150 years, the live coral reef cover has been reduced by half.
Within the next 10 years, one out of every four known species may have been wiped off the planet.
It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make on nature each year.