World Environment Day, which has been observed annually on June 5th since 1973 and is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is the greatest global forum for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people throughout the world. Every year there is a special theme on World Environment Day. This time Sweden is hosting it and the theme for 2022 is "Only one Earth" for living in harmony with nature.
What is New York Time Square's Climate Clock?
The goal of the climate clock is to "remind the world every day just how perilously close we are to the brink." The digital clock in Manhattan's Metronome has been updated to depict a critical window for action to avoid global warming's effects from becoming irreversible. Metronome, a 62-foot-wide 15-digit electronic clock that faces Union Square in Manhattan, has been one of the city's most iconic and perplexing public art pieces for more than 20 years.
Its digital display used to tell the time in its special style, counting the hours, minutes, and seconds. It is now tracking what two artists, Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, present as a critical window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible, rather than 24-hour cycles.
The number began ticking down, second by second, as a handful of supporters watched. The artists said it was based on calculations by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin.
Live Climate Clock
The Doomsday Clock, kept online by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the National Debt Clock outside Bryant Park in Manhattan impacted their idea of creating a large-scale clock. Mr. Golan and Mr. Boyd determined that the Climate Clock would have the most impact if it were placed in a prominent public location and presented as a statue or artwork.
What are the other countries which have launched the Climate clock?
Various countries have launched climate clocks publicly inspired by New York's climate clock. These countries are Chiapas, Kazakhstan, Korea, and Glasgow.
It is high time to realize that we have "Just one Earth" and saving our environment is extremely important.
What can we do to save our environment?
1. Stop using plastic-
Every minute, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased around the world, and 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year. Humans have become addicted to plastic, and only around 9% of it is recycled. Our oceans currently contain between 68 and 219 million tonnes (75 to 199 million metric tonnes) of plastic. The cycle must be broken. Don't buy bottled water. Instead of using plastic shopping bags, opt for cloth bags.
2. Plant more trees and make sure you nurture them
CO2 can be absorbed in a rate of 13 pounds (5 kilos) per tree by a young tree. Year in and year out. That's just a tiny baby tree, by the way. When a tree reaches the age of roughly ten years, it has reached its most productive stage of carbon storage. It can then absorb 48 pounds (21 kilograms) of CO2 annually. Sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and tiny particles, among other pollutants, are all removed from the air by trees. So go ahead and plant one. Make sure you don't forget the plant you have planted and nurture it daily otherwise it is all a waste.
3. Use a renewable source of energy
Solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal energy are examples of renewable energy sources. Install a solar-powered electricity generation system and a solar heater in your home to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels.
4. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle-
Sort your garbage by tossing out what you don't need, reusing what you can, and recycling what you can't reuse.
5. Conserve water-
You're doing something positive every time you turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Do you have a dripping faucet? Every day, you could be pouring as much as 90 gallons (340 liters) of water down the drain. Instead of draining water down the sink, give it to a plant so that it can be tended while also conserving water. Use the wastewater of your RO for washing clothes by collecting all the water.
So let's pledge to conserve our environment because we have "Only one Earth".