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Environment protection essential for health

On the occasion of World Environment Day, marked on 5th June, the World Health Organization (WHO) says environment conservation directly impacts people’s health, reducing pollution and fostering a healthier future. On its ‘X’, WHO said that protecting the environment was essential for the health and well-being of all. “Today is World Environment Day. Environmental conservation directly impacts our health, reducing pollution and fostering a healthier future. Protecting the environment is essential for the health and well-being of all,” WHO wrote on ‘X’. To protect the environment, it is needed to grow forests, revive water sources, and bring back soils. This year’s World Environment Day focuses on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience. Land restoration is a key pillar of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021- 2030), a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, which is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Asia remained the world’s most disaster-hit region from weather, climate and water-related hazards in 2023. Floods and storms caused the highest number of reported casualties and economic losses, whilst the impact of heatwaves became more severe. The State of the Climate in Asia 2023 report highlighted the accelerating rate of key climate change indicators such as urface temperature, glacier retreat and sea level rise, which will have major repercussions for societies, economies and ecosystems in the region. Afghanistan is also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change which has worsened the frequency and severity of extreme weather events from droughts and heat waves to floods and storms around the world, including Afghanistan and its neighboring countries. World Environment Day is the biggest international day for the environment. Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and held annually since 1973, it has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach. It is celebrated by millions of people across the world. As Afghanistan continues to face the devastating consequences of climate change, necessary measures have to be adopted to address the negative impacts caused by climate change. This comes at a time when the country has to endure blatant injustice on the part of the international community regarding this critical issue. With the suspension of 32 environmental and climate change projects, restricting Afghanistan’s access to pledged financial resources, and the exclusion of Afghanistan from regional and international meetings and conferences on environmental and climate issues, there has been blatant injustice against the people of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly asked the international community not to politicize climate change issues. In the most recent meeting on climate change in Kabul, the Islamic Emirate asked once again that Afghanistan should be invited to the coming UN Climate Change Conference. Afghanistan is among countries lacking in resources and facing heightened vulnerability to the perils of climate change. Besides, Afghanistan lacks the requisite means and infrastructure to effectively mitigate and manage its effects. World Environment Day, held annually on 5 June, brings together millions of people from across the globe, engaging them in the effort to protect and restore the Earth. This year marks the event’s 50th anniversary. It is also worth mentioning that the day is a global platform for inspiring positive change. People from more than 150 countries participate in this United Nations International Day, which celebrates environmental action and the power of governments, businesses and individuals to create a more sustainable world. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.