UN-World Environment Day

On Saturday, 5th June we are celebrating the UN-World Environment Day.

Arguably one of the most pending issues of our present time is the question on how to recover from environmental destruction and consequently the resulting loss of our ecosystem.

As the United Nations and various experts assume that the destruction of natural habitat for animals could have benefitted to create ideal conditions for pathogens, including coronaviruses, and consequently the emergence of COVID-19...it is especially now that all of us around the world are experiencing and suffering from environmental consequences up close and personal.

But the current pandemic does not only illustrate how important a functioning ecosystem is to us but it also overshadowed fruitful discussions on this present-day issue. However, this does not mean that environmental problems will simply go away once we don't focus on them as much as before.

According to the United Nations every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands. Over 4.7 million hectares of forests – an area larger than Denmark – are lost every year. The UN also adds that as much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C. The UN also states that nearly 80 per cent of the world’s wastewater is discharged to our oceans and rivers without treatment.

The consequences of reckless environmental destruction are devastating. Resulting in the fact that the need for environmental protection measures and investment in renewable energies is more present than ever.

HOPE'87 is thus happy to be able to contribute to environmental protection through the project "Resilience and Income Generation in the Sahel - 6 Approaches for a Sustainable Development" of the United Teams - the strategic alliance of the YOU Foundation and HOPE'87. The project takes place in Koloko (Burkina Faso) and Finkolo (Mali) and is - among other things - educating 50 female workers in waste collection, waste separation, waste storage and waste transport, which is beneficial to the environment. 

As we all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival we urgently need political, social and economic actions to revive our damaged ecosystems in a sustainable way!