World Environment Day: A planet to live for

Declarations of climate emergency had reached a crescendo, when the pandemic brought us all to a standstill. In the abrupt quiet, we heard the birdsong, and signs that a lesser human footprint could help the environment regenerate itself. But it can't be at the improbable cost of shutting down an intricate machinery of economies and human endeavour. On occasion of the World Environment Day, what then do we hope for this living planet to be?
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Jun 5, 2020

Image by : Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

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Steam rises from chimneys of a heating power plant in Moscow, Russia. February 08, 2020
The changing climate of the planet and the growth in population and riches are both driven by the combustion of billions of tonnes of fossil fuel to produce industrial power, electricity, transport and computation. What’s at stake is a world on a course to warm by more than 3 degrees this century—a disastrous scenario.A first-of-its-kind biodiversity report by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) declared that 75% of Earth’s land surface and 66% of marine environments have been significantly altered and that over 85% of wetland area has been lost