Land is – next to water and air – the very base of all life. But unlike air and water which can be cleaned up and rehabilitated, once soils are lost it can take millennia for nature to recreate them.
Drylands are found in all regions, cover more than 40 per cent of the Earth and are home to nearly 2 billion people – one-third of the world’s population.For most dryland dwellers, life is hard and the future often precarious. They live on the ecological, economic and social margins. It is essential that we do not neglect them or the fragile habitats on which they depend.
Desertification is about land degradation: the loss of the land’s biological productivity, caused by human-induced factors and climate change. It affects one third of the earth’s surface and over a billion people. Moreover, it has potentially devastating consequences in terms of social and economic costs.
Today is The World Environment Day. The theme selected for 2006 is Deserts and Desertification and the slogan is Don't Desert Drylands!
Environmental issues are not just for NGOs and Government policies. Its our day to day activities and habits, that influence the environment. Lets not take the Earth for granted. Even if its not a better earth, lets not make it worse for our the next generation.
Today might be World Environment Day
But think of the Environment Everyday
And to better it, however small, Think of a Way
Follow it, Make the change now and Today