Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations had to be held online. Through streaming sessions and online conferences, world leaders, lecturers, and young activists debated and discussed environmental issues.
This year’s meeting mostly focused on subjects that we encounter on a daily basis, such as climate change, biodiversity, health, and gender equality.
Also, the General Assembly presented “Voices of nature”, a new way of protecting the environment around us, as well as the planet.
The leaders of the 150 countries involved, showcased the importance of a clean environment by explaining how the COVID-19 pandemic made people more aware of their surroundings, by making them want to explore nature more. Also, the leaders have shown that in order to protect the environment we have to know that:
The greatest danger to humanity is climate change, which we are currently experiencing.
Due to global warming( forest fires and high sea levels), biodiversity is very close to collapsing. According to General Secretary Antonio Gutter, the environment needs a lot of resources in order to be protected, as well as legislations that will ensure the safety of biodiversity.
He maintains that in order to conserve biodiversity, the COVID-19 virus should be contained with the help of the environment.
NATURE FOR LIFE HUB:
World leaders, local authorities, practitioners and other important people had the opportunity to discuss a number of other important issues:
DECADE OF ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
In order to provide an outline of how the restoration of the ecosystem would eventually happen, there was a brief simulation of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration from 2021. This showed that the next ten years would be very important for humankind because the amount of positive attention given to the environment will prevent climate change and the loss of several animal species.