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Prepared by: M.D.

Patel, AEE, GPCB

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2014:
Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level.
World Environment Day ('WED') is celebrated every year on June
5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to
protect nature and the planet Earth. World Environment Day, also
popularly known as Environment Day, is a means to tackle
environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming,
disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental
governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency. It is run
by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The World
Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations
General Assembly to honour the memory of the opening of the
ceremony of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
The first World Environment Day was in 1973. World Environment Day
is hosted every year by different countries/cities with a different theme.

As World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of
Small Island Developing States, theme released by UNEP is “Raise
Your Voice, Not the Sea-Level” The theme calls for increased
awareness on the effects of Climate Change and minimizing of carbon
emissions to the atmosphere which contribute to global warming and
subsequently rise in sea-levels. As we know every year a country/city
is host of World Environment Day (WED) & this year Barbados, a
Caribbean island is host this year's to fight against climate change to
protect islands & raise awareness of the special needs of diverse
coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a
sustainable future for all.
The theme focuses on adverse effects of Climate Change due to global
warming causing extreme weather events including, increased
atmospheric temperatures, change and alterations to weather patterns,
prolonged droughts, flooding and raising of sea-levels among others.
The Increased atmospheric temperatures have resulted to the melting
ice in arctic and mountainous regions while prolonged rainy seasons
have contributed to raising sea-levels. This has serious implications to
Small Island States and low lying coastal zones which risk being
submerged thus threatening their survival. I would really wants to
reflect that today’s fact is that global sea level has risen by about 10 to
25 cm. (up to about 10 inches) over the last 100 years. From last 4-5
years we several times hear news of landslide, cloud burst,
continuously increasing atmospheric temperature, melting of glacier at
Himalaya etc. Think about a time when you’re sitting in AC office right
from early morning & you are out in the middle of the day for any
emergency work, you must have felt currents of hot air blowing past
you & unbarred radiating heat! This is a small, yet effective example of
the Climate change nowadays we are facing.

Prepared by: M.D. Patel, AEE, GPCB

The world’s small island nations/Places are renowned as prized destinations i.e. places of
outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe. As we are all
well aware, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep, major islands of India, having exotic and sun-
kissed beaches and lush green landscape. They play an important role in protecting the oceans
and many are biodiversity hotspots, containing some of the richest reservoirs of plants and
animals on the planet. Climate change is likely to heavily impact coral reefs, fisheries and
other marine-based resources. Coastal vegetated wetlands are sensitive to climate change,
long-term sea-level change and low tidal range. Sea level rise and increased seawater
temperature are projected to accelerate beach erosion, and cause degradation of natural
coastal defences such as mangroves and coral reefs. Increasing sea surface temperature and
rising sea level, increased turbidity, nutrient loading and chemical pollution, damage from tropical
cyclones, and decreases in growth rates due to the effects of higher carbon dioxide concentrations
on ocean chemistry, are very likely to affect the health of coral reefs and other marine
ecosystems which sustain island fisheries. On some islands, especially those at higher
latitudes, warming has already led to the replacement of some local species. Barbados, host
of this year World Environment Day is facing negatively affects to their beach-based tourism
industry and the marine diving based ecotourism industry in Bonaire due to climate change
through beach erosion in Barbados and coral bleaching.
So… who are responsible for climate change & global warming...? we all... what can we do to
prevent or to stop climate change & decrease global warming..? Before i say what we can do..?
we should know why Barbados is host this year for world environment day.. do you know? This
Island is also called solar power leaders..., this small nation has taken big steps to reduce its
climate impact and to provide clean, renewable energy - as well as opportunities for green
economic growth - to its people by increasing the country's renewable energy supply, with a
special focus on raising the number of household solar water heaters & conservation and the
transition to an inclusive green economy at the heart of its national strategy. Through this
framework, it has enacted a number of proactive, concrete measures to combat climate change.
So why can’t we..!!! Now it our moral duties that we can save our island & world island nations.
One obvious way of decreasing the effect of global warming is by drastically cutting down on the
greenhouse gas emissions. Simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint—like turning off lights
and appliances when not in use, switching to LED Lights, carpooling or biking -- can help, Using
recycled paper,by planting more trees and reducing deforestation. Remember!!! climate change &
Global warming affects everyone, and everyone can play an important role in stopping it. All of us
can play vital part of the climate change solution. As a citizen, you can ensure that governments
recognize the importance of global warming and follow through on their promises.
In the end, the best way to help is by spreading awareness. Forget the doom and gloom you may
hear on the news — start thinking about the exciting opportunities you have to make a change &
save planet. Not everyone can buy a hybrid car or build a green houses-home that doesn’t rely on
major power producers for energy yet. But, hopefully, some options fit your situation and can help
you to make a difference.
This year, I urge everyone to think about the difficulties of Small Island Developing States and to
take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change and work for a sustainable
future. Raise your voice, not the sea level. Planet Earth is our shared island. Let us join forces to
protect it.

Thank You......