Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance,that Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. This year’s host country Canada got to choose the theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet.World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.
The value of nature
In recent decades, scientific advances as well as growing environmental problems such as global warming are helping us to understand the countless ways in which natural systems support our own prosperity and well-being for example scientists develop medicines using genetic material drawn from the millions of species that make up Earth’s astounding biological diversity.Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil.They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is the right time to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the environment and nurturing a better planet.World Environment Day 2017 will be observed today across the world and the theme of this year is ‘Connecting People to Nature’.According to united nations, the theme of this year implores people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth.The government’s programme is to plant one crore saplings across the state by involving school students, (women self-help group) units and civic bodies.