WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: Connecting People to Nature



    “Connecting People to Nature” is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day. It is a day set aside to encourage everyone to appreciate the beauty of nature, to highlight the vital role the environment plays in shaping our day to day activities and to imbibe in people the consciousness of caring for nature.

    Human interaction with nature over the years, has led to its continuous deterioration and the removal of important resources without adequate provision for replacement. The environment is obviously fed up; it has started to react to the constant exploitation by man, prompting the increase of various environmental issues humans are faced with today.

    The way and manner at which we care for nature leaves much to be desired, our connection to the environment is at its minimum even when it is obvious that majority of the things we use to make life comfortable are gotten from the environment. Some environmentalists have attributed this unfortunate situation to the negligence of man. According to them, man is yet to fully understand the overwhelming importance of nature to his everyday activities and that has been the root cause of the problem. The gap of disconnect has worsened in recent times despite lots of efforts that have been put into bridging the gap.

    Everyone needs to cultivate in them, the habit of caring for nature, it is the duty of everybody to ensure that the environment is well loved, well protected and adequately cared for. Hence the theme of this year’s World Environment Day.

    One of the many ways to achieve the theme of this year’s event is to adopt the “All Inclusive Approach”. As long as you interact with the environment in any capacity, you have a role to play. The campaign should be a holistic one, every facet of the human lives should be reached out to and action put in place to mitigate these challenges. This strategy will go a long way to involving everybody in the struggle for a safer and more beautiful environment.

    In Nigeria, appreciating the beauty of nature and its importance should become a major part of the curriculum in our educational system. When you inculcate into the minds of the young ones in our society the vital role nature plays in our lives and why it should be protected from ruin, there is a 95% chance that they will  not only grow up to loving and protecting the environment but will grow up to be an advocate of clean environment.

    It is often said that it is easy for someone to be part of a course if he/she believes in it. Therefore, the campaign should be carried to the door steps of the manufacturing industries, they need to understand that to achieve maximum sustainable development, they must cue into the concept of recycling and the use of alternative sources of raw materials which is gradually becoming the surest way to managing the environment. Common sense has it that when the available resources become scarce, there will be a problem of raw material generation, reduction in the volume of production and shortage of revenue from their investment. These are enough reasons why entrepreneurs should ensure that the environment retains its form and serenity.

    This campaign should be louder in the rural areas because they have direct contact with nature. Farming, fuel wood harvesting and grazing are ways nature losses its form. However, enlightenment will not solve the problem but alternative to fuel wood will go a long way to reducing the effects. They should also be encouraged to the appreciate nature in its truest form. It is difficult to destroy the things you are attached to.

    This year’s World Environment Day provides us with the opportunity to reflect and access the way we treat nature which provides us with everything for free, everywhere and every time.  Enough of the advocacies, it is time to act, work the talk and sustain the beautiful nature for this generation and the generation to come. Your good health is determined by clean environment, your successful business is at the mercy of an environment free of hazards.

    No development will be sustainable without a sustainable environment.