22 April, Today is World Earth Day. Earth Day 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and is also the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement to take climate action. The pandemic could be a stark update of the powerlessness of people and the planet within the face of worldwide scale threats. Unchecked harm to our environment must be addressed. In his reaction to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said that had it been further advanced in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, then it could have been better to face this challenge.

Whereas the Coronavirus outbreak has been spreading around the world and overwhelming news features, contemplations, and consideration, the need to take climate action has remained as critical as ever. By the conclusion of 2020, worldwide CO2 emanations got to have dropped by 7.6% and proceed to drop by 7.6% each year for us to have to keep worldwide warming beneath 1.5oC, according to the Union Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Emission Gap Report 2019.

The delay of COP15 and COP26 – the worldwide conferences which were set to decide new global targets on biodiversity and climate change later this year were, clearly, the proper step to require when the world is hooking with a widespread like coronavirus, but we ought to not let the energy of what had been hailed as a “super year” for the environment is lost and misused.

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Information & Broadcasting; & Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises,
has shared an insightful strong message for the citizens.

This year holds great promise for nature change on the back of growing pressure for concerted, pressing activity and with a suite of worldwide conferences set to refocus worldwide commitment on these key issues. The nexus between nature, climate, and sustainable development were epitomized in 2020.

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Being in the age of extinction and at the point where irreversible natural harm might be created. In spite of changed plans, we cannot manage to lose pace. The challenge of the biodiversity and climate emergencies will still be there when the COVID-19 Lockdown is lifted; the desire of COP15 and COP26 must be carried forward and built upon in 2021. A few advancements in contamination levels have been seen in nations with confined developments of individuals and the shutdown of manufacturing plants and businesses.

PM Narendra Modi has extended Special Thanks for the Forerunners who are working to defeat COVID-19 and also encouraged people to keep a cleaner and healthier planet.

At the end of the year, we are going to still have a decade to provide sustainable development objectives, and the biodiversity and climate change COPs along with other key meetings will be rescheduled.