World Habitat Day

By Ben Pearson

“The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day (WHD) to reflect on the state of our habitats, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.”

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity.

Cities are responsible for some 70 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The bulk of urban greenhouse gas emissions come from energy, waste management, transport, and current/emerging infrastructures. Global events and activities during WHD look to explore how national, regional, and local governments and communities, academic institutions, households and especially the private sector can work together to create sustainable, carbon-neutral towns and cities.

World Habitat Day coincidentally falls on the same day as World Animal Day this year. Although the theme for WHD is “Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon Free World” the two annual days mirror identical goals to reduce global carbon emissions and celebrate life. By doing so, the biodiversity of our urban wildlife will flourish and reintegrate leading to a greener planet and slowly restoring environmental sustainability.

World Habitat Day coincidentally falls on the same day as World Animal Day this year. Although the theme for WHD is “Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon Free World” the two annual days mirror identical goals to reduce global carbon emissions and celebrate life. By doing so, the biodiversity of our urban wildlife will flourish and reintegrate leading to a greener planet and slowly restoring environmental sustainability.

World Animal Day

Mission- “To raise the status of animals to improve welfare standards around the globe.”

World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith, or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education, we can create a world where animals are always recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) like World Animal Day, have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations.

The hunting of wildlife continues despite the cruelty and threat of extinction. It is essential days such as WHD and World Animal Day continue, and more people are aware of such initiatives and campaigns that take place.

Biodiversity Loss

As homo sapiens have thrived, almost all other forms of wildlife have declined. The wild biomass of mammals has fallen by 85% since the rise of human civilisation. Between 1970 and 2012, global marine biodiversity is estimated to have fallen by 49% and recent research suggests that as well as causing biodiversity collapse, stirring up the seabed releases large quantities of so-called “blue carbon” from marine sediments, which would otherwise remain locked away in the seabed.

In the Living Planet Report 2020, five major threat categories were used to illustrate the impacts that are driving biodiversity’s decline. Through this frame, governments and organisations can better come up with solutions or mitigations that are suitable for the ecosystems as well as the local communities.

*If you would like to educate yourself further or want to find out any additional information, check out their website and act now.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/habitat-day

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