ACMAN Cellebrates World Environment Day 2021 #GenerationRestoration

World Environment Day 2021 – Every Year on 5 June, World Environment Day is celebrated. The day is observed by the United Nations principal vehicle for the encouragement of awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It was first held in 1974, it was a flagship campaign that has been done to raise awareness related to the emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption, and wildlife crime.

Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. World Environment Day 2021  is aimed at PREVENTING, HALTING AND REVERSING THE DEGRADATION OF ECOSYSTEMS WORLDWIDE. #GenerationRestoration.

Urban areas occupy less than 1 per cent of the Earth’s land surface but house more than half of its people. Despite their steel and concrete, crowds and traffic, cities and towns are still ecosystems whose condition profoundly marks the quality of our lives. Functioning urban ecosystems help clean our air and water, cool urban heat islands, shield us from hazards and provide opportunities for rest and play. They can also host a surprising amount of biodiversity.

Urban ecosystems are often highly degraded. Poor planning seals soils and leaves little space for vegetation. Waste and emissions from industry, traffic and homes pollutes waterways, soils and the air. Unchecked urban sprawl gobbles up more and more wildlife habitat. But authorities, communities and citizens can use restoration to achieve environmental, social and cultural gains at the same time.

Here are some rewarding approaches: Green public spaces: Design and support initiatives to restore waterways and wetlands, plant indigenous trees, and create urban woodland and other wildlife habitats along roads and railways and in public spaces. Get local businesses to help with funding and expertise. Sometimes, the best efforts come for free: Rewilding public spaces by mowing grass and cutting down plants less attracts insects, birds, butterflies and even mammals to return to the city.

Citizens for sustainability: Campaign for sustainable urban planning, including the restoration of disused or contaminated sites, the inclusion of green spaces in new housing developments, and strong public transport networks. Faced with climate change, more citizens get involved in “adopt-a-tree” initiatives that help ensure trees -especially the young ones with shallow roots -are watered during dry spells. Digital tools, like apps, can support these efforts by tracking and coordinating individual contributions.

In Cellebration of World Environment Day 2021 Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) shall be sharing articles and stories of environmental management practices in Nigeria on https://acman.org.ng/. #staytuned #staysafe #GenerationRestoration

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