World Environment Day was first celebrated in 1974. This day has created a platform to raise awareness of air pollution, plastic pollution, global warming and sea level increasing day by day.
The environment is our natural surrounding. It includes plants, animals and non-living objects across the land, water bodies and skies that support life on this planet. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, human actions have caused widespread environmental damage, such as global warming, pollution of air, water and land and biodiversity loss.
Protecting our environment is the foundation for sustaining our planet, community and economy. Our environment supports and houses our ecosystems, allowing them to grow and thrive. If we fail to protect our environment, we will put the lives of humans, animals, plants and more at risk.
Moreover, the earth is considered the only planet in the universe that supports life. The environment can be understood as a blanket that keeps life on the planet safe and sound.
What does this mean for the architecture and engineering sector?
Both the architecture and engineering sectors have to take the environment into account in their projects. Houses should be built from sustainable materials and should not destroy the habitat of animals. The goal should be to integrate houses into the environment as much as possible in order to protect the environment. Cities should also be built in an environmentally friendly way, for example with lots of green spaces and environmentally friendly means of transport. When it comes to energy production, one should also switch to sustainable options such as wind energy or solar energy in order to harm the environment as little as possible.
Benefits of the environment
- The environment gives us countless benefits, such as air, water, trees and animals. The forest and trees filter the air and absorb harmful gases. Plants purify water, reduce the chances of flood and maintain natural balance.
- Moreover, the environment keeps a close check on the environment and its functioning, it regulates the vital systems that are essential for the ecosystem. Besides, it maintains the culture and quality of life on earth.
- The environment regulates various natural cycles that happen daily. These cycles help in maintaining the natural balance between living things and the environment. Disturbance of these things can ultimately affect the life cycle of humans and other living beings.