Sudarsan Pattnaik Marks World Environment Day With Sand Art On Puri Beach

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Today the world is celebrating World Environment Day 2021 and this year the theme is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and Pakistan will be the global host for the day. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea.

For too long, humans have been exploiting and destroying the planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century, we have destroyed half of the wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of the world’s 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 degrees Celcius. Ecosystem loss is depriving the world of carbon sinks, like forests and wetlands, at a time when humanity can least afford them. Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown for three consecutive years and the planet in one place for potentially catastrophic climate change. We must now fundamentally rethink our relationship with the living world, with natural ecosystems and their biodiversity and work towards its restoration.

With the occasion, sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik created a sand art at the sea beach in Puri town of Odisha to mark World Environment Day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Patnaik used around five tons of sand to build the sand sculpture with the message “Reimagine, Recreate, Restore”.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) also thanked Sudarsan Patnaik for this beautiful contribution to #GenerationRestoration as the international body explains how to restore ecosystems to tackle the climate crisis, save species from extinction & secure our future.

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