Environmental litmus test

All biotic components are an integral part of a healthy environment. The wider picture of the environment becomes more engaging than repelling when all the integral parts are secure, safe and healthy, which is a beacon of prosperity and opportunities in the form of a green economy. A number of the environmental factors and indicators serve as an environmental litmus test that depicts political, socio-economic and bio-developmental trends and approaches.

Approaches and priorities contribute significantly towards conservation of natural resources and development of the environment. Poverty, lack of resources, long term planning, and lack of interest from individuals towards positively contributing for the uplift of environmental resources are a big hurdle. It is usually forgotten that whatever is done to the environment, the environment usually does itself, though slowly and steadily, meaning it is often ignored in the long run. This short-sightedness contributes to accumulating environmental problems so great in magnitude that they later require huge funds and resources to tackle.

Every year World Environment Day is celebrated all over the globe on June 5, with different themes that focus on deteriorating environmental conditions both at the global and local level. Celebrations of environmental days hold a mirror to human beings to fashion their activities in such a way as to be in harmony with environmental integrity.  The day is celebrated with the objective of sensitising the general public so that every person who registers a footprint on the environment does so after considering the impact they may have. The purpose of celebration is not only to know about the global initiatives but to inform ourselves about local environmental problems and threats and learn how everyone can contribute to a part of the local solution.

Many people now know about global environmental trends and alarming facts and figures about issues like climate change, but the most important thing is to critically look into our own local environment and see how much each of us is contributing to its uplift, to what degree and in what form, such as economising our energy use, simplifying living standards, reusing, reducing and recycling, refusing plastic bags, keeping local environments clean and green, and observing conservation ethics and practices. This is how we would do justice with our own environment effectively.

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