Indore: Programmes to support UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to be launched on World Environment Day

The UNEP India will implement the programme in association with Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development and local residents.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Tuesday, June 01, 2021, 03:57 PM IST
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Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021-2030 as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) India will launch this on World Environment Day on June 5, according to Atul Bagai, Country Head, UNEP India. The UNEP India will implement the programme in association with Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development and local residents.

This was declared during the week-long environmental discourse organised online by the centre.

“India is going through Covid crisis that has locked us in for the last 16 months, which has adversely affected its socio-economic system . It has also been proved that environment and health are two sides of the same coin,” Bagai said. He added that we all need to involve common people and use commonly spoken language.

Atul Bagai, Country Head, UNEP India

“All the environmentalists, leaders, researchers, businessmen, farmers, industrialists , scientists and government will have to work together to recover from this threatening emergency of climate change due to our habit of exploiting nature and all the ecosystems without realising the consequences,” Bagai said.

He added that research has shown that this exploitation has resulted in the destruction of forests, animals, pollution in last 50 years.

“Indore has set examples of cleanliness and waste management, plastic-free IPL cricket match etc. So, it is possible for this city to inspire the change and continue to work towards greener tomorrow,” Bagai said.

In her online address, Padma Shri Janak Palta McGilligan welcomed the speakers and cited importance of sustainable development.

“I have been actively hosting and participating in World Environment Day programmes since 1992 based on theme declared by UNEP. The purpose of this week-long environment discourse is to seek larger participation of people,” McGilligan said.

She added that people’s participation is sought to know, understand and act to recover our ecosystems while learning from threatening pandemic. It is high-time to understand, act and improve our human behaviour to improve ecosystems,” McGilligan said.

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