The effects of war on the environment are not discussed when war casualties are counted which is why the United Nations proclaimed 6th November as International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. The resolution was passed on 5th November in The General Assembly (A/RES/56/4).
War is the most dreadful thing that can happen to humanity. Not only does it affect the infrastructure and the economy, it destroys everything that comes in its way. Whether it is caused by fighting or a breakdown in the government, it is a dirty business. Industries are looted, lives are taken, economies are destroyed, and livelihood and cities are destroyed. We always count the causalities of the way in terms of dead and wounded soldiers or the civilian. What we fail to record is the effect of war on the environment. The environment has always been an unpublicized victim of war. Soil and wells are polluted and poisoned due to the high level of chemicals used. Due to new technology, high levels of uranium used in bombs and other weapons environment is at risk more than ever. The damage done to the environment due to war is a long-lasting effect which destroys the natural resources and ecosystems. The health and well-being of the citizen are at risk more than ever which is why this day should be celebrated across the globe to educate the people about the damages of war on the environment.