World Environment Day falls on June 5th.
The world outside our homes is also a home we live in, and the onus of preserving it lies on each one of us.
Mother nature fulfills all the core necessities of life, but we take it for granted. Today, sustainability and environmental protection are some of the key issues we face.
World Environment Day is a global outreach program hosted by the UN. It advocates raising awareness among the public about our environment. It encourages people from different communities to take part in environmental safety measures.
This year’s theme is Only One Earth. It focuses on living sustainably and in harmony with nature.
The awareness campaigns promote adopting healthy actions to conserve and revive our ecosystem. Even simple acts like switching off unnecessary lights have brought tremendous effects.
The Only One Earth was the slogan of the Stockholm Conference in 1972.
The campaign advocates for environmental changes on a global scale. It wants to bring the focus on:
Climate action: It focuses on working towards solutions such as reforestation, protection of ecosystems, rewilding, clean air, sustainability, etc. Read more here.
Nature action: It focuses on protecting biodiversity, preserving peatlands, stopping landscape fires, engaging in a more sustainable fishing business, etc. Read more about nature action here.
Pollution action: The sound management of waste, POPs, environmental and health concerns, addressing land-based pollution, etc. Read more here.
The collective action creates transformative changes that we need currently for us to advance towards a more sustainable future.
Raises awareness: people are becoming aware of being sustainable. But it still isn’t a universal habit. We need more and more people to join hands with us in managing our resources.
Raising awareness among children, families, and communities about the environment promotes environmental awareness.
Reconnects us to nature: allows us to connect with nature and understand its importance. We learn things about our environment that don’t remember or have forgotten, and this is a good way to do that.
Encourages action: raising awareness is not enough. We need to act fast to protect our environment from degrading further. We need more people to come together and work towards protecting the environment.
There are many ways you can observe World Environment Day. Some of our suggestions are:
Plant a tree: Trees bring balance to our environment. They absorb pollutant gases and filter the air. They provide shade in summer and reduce our dependency on cooling systems. This energy demand increases the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Volunteer: Take part in community drives where people advocate for the environment. You can take part in a local farmer’s market or bring awareness to reducing emissions.
Choose an issue you feel closer to and try to bring change in that direction.
Recycle: It sounds like a simple tip, but it is the most effective. Recycle. Try recycling as much as you can. Reduce usage of plastic or reuse your plastic bottles or containers.
Educate yourself and others: There is no better way to celebrate this day than education. Educate yourself about the environment, and read articles, news, and journals. Tell others about your findings and contribute to the environment in your ways.
Read our blog to know about some concerning environmental issues we need to tackle in 2022.
There is only 1% of the world’s available freshwater for use. 87% is used in Agriculture and 60% of this is wasted.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, in the middle of the ocean, is mostly plastic.
Global efforts have reduced the hole in our ozone layer. If we continue our efforts, it can be healed.
Children are prone to 40% of global diseases.
Noise pollution is the most neglected kind of pollution.
Acidification of the ocean is the worst kind of pollution.
Groundwater has been found to have more than 73 kinds of pesticides. This water is used as a source of drinking water in many regions.
Antarctica is the only place on Earth that is the cleanest and protected by anti-pollution laws.
A single person in the US produces around 2kgs of waste every day.
Recycled glass reduces air pollution by 20% and water pollution by 50%.
Our planet is our home, and our environment is our survival system. We need it more than it needs us.
We need to come together and work towards creating a sustainable balance in the ecosystem. Our efforts should be on making this planet healthier, pollution-free, and sustainable so that we can live harmoniously with nature.
Let us know in the comments section below how you are celebrating this World Environment Day!
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