On November 6th, the world marks the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, underscoring the dire environmental consequences of conflict. Established by the United Nations in 2001, this day highlights the devastating impact of war on ecosystems, biodiversity, and livelihoods in conflict zones.
Conflict and environmental degradation are closely linked, with military operations leading to deforestation, toxic chemical release, and infrastructure destruction. Landmines and unexploded ordnance pose risks to both humans and wildlife, while the illegal exploitation of resources fuels conflicts and further harms the environment.
Recognizing this day is an opportunity to honour the victims of both human and environmental suffering. Together, we can raise awareness, promote accountability, and foster international cooperation to protect the planet in the face of adversity. Environmental protection during war is a fundamental necessity for the well-being of present and future generations.