For the past 40 years, on this day, every 26th of January, the World Environment Day is celebrated.
The aim of the UN Conference on the Environment, first held in 1972 in Stockholm, was to launch work on developing awareness of the current state of the environment, but also on ways we can help develop environmental awareness of the inhabitants of the planet Earth – so the declaration was adopted on the need for environmental education.
Although industrial progress, on the one hand, enables humanity to enjoy many benefits, on the other hand, it is this progress that pushes us to the edge of the survival of our planet. Unfortunately, her recovery takes much longer than the speed with which people find ways to exploit her endlessly.
Every year there are more and more initiatives, different strategies are considered and improved plans are signed in order to reconcile the differences between what people see as progress and a life that is in line with the principles of sustainable development.
We must bravely face the fact that the natural resources at our disposal are limited and do not belong only to us, but also to the generations that will inherit us. Natural balance should be our priority in every next decision.
Education plays a significant role in changing the consciousness of the population, and that is why we must instill certain values and principles from a young age in future decision-makers – it is never too early to start. That is why many countries have ecologically educated and responsible populations aware of the importance of preserving the environment. The most important thing is to reach individuals unaware of the seriousness of the challenges we face collectively.
Awareness-raising and education are at the heart of marking World Environment Day.
The negative consequences of our bad attitude towards nature, such as climate change, water, air pollution, soil, diseases, epidemics, etc., can be changed by rejecting the idea that man is the master of nature, but can and must be only its user to that extent. which does not interfere with its sustainability.
We have to make decisions every day, thinking about their long-term consequences, not only the environment close to us, but also to follow the motto – think locally, act globally – otherwise we will soon live in a world that one founder anxiously described in words. “.
Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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