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Health of the planet and man inseparable

On Earth Day WWF calls on decision makers to adopt ambitious and concrete plans for a healthy and sustainable future

Humanity is currently in the midst of two crises - a health crisis caused by a corona virus and a climate crisis, resulting in, among other things, loss of biological diversity. Both crises are a threat to humanity and the world around us.

Fifty years ago, as a result of increasing pollution caused by industrialization, pronunciation of Earth Day was the response of scientists and citizens to escalating environmental disasters such as sea and ocean oil spills, water and air pollution. Looking back the fight has not been in vain. In the past half century, we have somewhat improved the world by enacting a series of laws and conventions that have brought together the global public in a unified voice demanding environmental protection. For example the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and others.
Planet Earth, our only home, is truly suffering as a result of human activities, mainly our use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and other derivatives, and the overuse of natural resources. The latest Copernicus report, "European State of the Climate 2019," testifies that 2019 was the warmest year for the European continent since measurements exist, reaching four times higher the usual levels of precipitation in November. Delaying the adoption of sustainable and long-lasting measures that will prepare us for the effects of climate change has its price, which has already been felt by the Balkan states. Last winter, we breathed in the air that is among the most polluted in the world, partially caused by obsolete coal power plants and consumption of coal for heating facilities and other needs.

"The virus-induced crisis must not be a reason, nor an excuse, for governments in the region to neglect policies and democratic mechanisms that will mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. The Copernicus report clearly shows an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The priority for Serbia is the adoption of the Law on Climate Change, and then its full implementation. In addition to climate change mitigation activities, we also need urgent adaptation to climate change, and nature conservation and healthy ecosystems are the best solution” said Duška Dimovic, manager of the 'Climate Pact for Impact' project, implemented in Serbia by WWF Adria with support from the Government of Sweden.

WWF also invites citizens to submit their Voice for planet through an electronic platform, and to become informed about concrete steps which we can take to secure a healthy and secure future.

Human and planet’s health cannot be separated. Therefore, WWF calls on governments and decision-makers in the region to be accountable and to provide ambitious, integrated and concrete policies and action plans, based on the expert and scientific knowledge and recommendations, as a way of achieving consistent implementation of international adopted agreements. For the sake of healthy survival of planet Earth projects based on fossil fuels and other unsustainable sources must become a thing of the past.
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