June 5 is World Environment Day
Ana María Pujante Mora
Since 1974, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has tried to create, with the celebration of this day, a great world platform that makes visible the serious environmental problems of the planet: global warming and desertification, the loss of habitats and the extinction of species, air, land and water pollution.
This year, the “One Earth” campaign, which recalls the motto of the Stockholm Conference held in 1972, conveys to us the urgency of the actions and how the contribution of each one of us and civil society must focus on the defense , awareness and participation.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) points to Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability. This objective warns that environmental resources are limited, therefore, an inadequate management of them will condemn the future of our survival on Earth. As a goal of this objective, it is essential to incorporate the principles of sustainable development in national policies and programs.
In this sense, the rural world has a lot to say given its great potential as an agent of nature conservation. In it are the main natural ecosystems that provide the rest of the environmental services to the entire society, mainly supplying food, forest resources and water resources. We must also be capable of making society aware of the enormous value of the landscapes that surround us, of the biodiversity of plants and animals and of the cultural heritage that rural municipalities have been able to protect for all. In addition, one can actively contribute to environmental sustainability by promoting agricultural water use efficiency, land and soil productivity, sustainable management of forests, aquaculture and inland fisheries, integrated farming systems and management of pesticides and water resources.
From the “Big History” of Aras de los Olmos we want to encourage you to participate in the conservation of the “Great History” of Earth.