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Only One Earth

Did you know that over 4.7 million hectares of forests are lost every year? Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover an entire football pitch and over the last century, half of the wetlands have been destroyed. Humans have been exploiting the planet’s ecosystems carelessly for decades now. The health of the planet and the health of the people are like two sides of the coin. Degradation of resources increases human-wildlife conflicts and has been linked to outbreaks of diseases such as the COVID-19 virus.

Studies have revealed that students are at the forefront in wanting to make an impact in conserving the environment. A study conducted by The Student Housing Company revealed the lengths students aged between 16-25 were willing to go to protect the planet. The results revealed that to reduce their environmental impact, around two-thirds of students recycle (68%) and actively reduce their food waste (63%), while around a third reduce water use (38%), meat consumption (36%) and refuse to purchase fast fashion (32%). Another interesting finding was that a company’s position on sustainability would impact whether students would work for them.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘ecosystem restoration’. Ecosystem restoration is about recovering degraded or destroyed ecosystems and conserving the healthy ecosystems. “Just as we caused the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the pollution crisis, we can reverse the damage that has been done; we can be the first generation to reimagine, to recreate and to restore nature to kickstart action for a better world,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Few steps you can adopt in your day-to-day routine to conserve the environment include:

Be it through making subtle changes to the daily lifestyle or by taking direct action to support environmental or sustainability causes these tiny changes has a massive impact on the environment!