World environment day is here and it is a gentle reminder of how our every day should look like. The environment is so important right now. Whether you talk about sustaining our natural non-renewable resources or to stop the use of plastics…whether you talk about conserving and protecting wildlife or managing our waste, whether you talk about fast fashion or plant-based diets..whether we talk about ecofriendly lifestyle or zero-waste approach everything leads to the well being of the environment.
Climate change is very crucial right now and taking proper steps are very important. Also equally important is awareness. Environmental activities are driven by lifestyle. It’s the lifestyle that allows you to lead you towards a perfect environmental setup. Due to so much global warming, change in the climate, depletion of renewable resources, killing of innocent animals; awareness comes in the forefront. And this is what World Environment Day is all about.
So take your day out, do your bit on something. It can be a beach cleanup, decluttering your home, writing on the government policies, small everyday things like saving energy, saving water, reducing your wants, following a minimalistic lifestyle and going towards zero-waste and plant-based diets are some of the things that can be really helpful in making every day, an environment day.
Consider yourself a part of nature and not above nature. Co-existing and sustaining together should be our ultimate goal. This is our common home and we must protect it.
WHAT IS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
United Nations wanted to encourage awareness programs and right directions on climate actions to safeguard our environment. They talked about protection and maintaining our ecosystem and the planet. The world environment day started by the United Nations, is celebrated on 5 June every year.
It holds signature campaign across the world raising awareness on serious environmental issues, emerging climate crises, marine pollution, global warming, energy depletion, sustainability, waste management, wildlife protection, conservation, air pollution, greenhouse gases, carbon footprints and also socio-cultural and economic sustainability prospects.
World environment day is a global event for public speaking, the involvement of government, celebrations with the celebrities, promotion campaigns, awareness marketing and different communities and NGO’s joint hands-on delivering the real issues of environmental problems.
The world environment day 2020 will be on Friday 5th June and the theme for this year is “celebrate biodiversity”. So let’s celebrate the life together and appreciate our Mother Earth today and every day.
LITTLE HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENT DAY
World environment day is annually done by UN General Assembly and was first started in 1972. So this year marks the 48th year of continually doing it. They started it for the idea of humans interactions with the environment. It was first discussed in Stockholm conference on the human environment, and two years after in 1974 it was given a theme for the first time, “ ONLY ONE EARTH”.
WHY THE ENVIRONMENT IS SO IMPORTANT TODAY
1. Environment is so important because it’s our home
2. Increase the quality of life
3. Enhances healthy lifestyle
4. Increases eco tourism
5. Boasts economy
6. Support local skills
7. Restore cultural heritage.
8. Better marine life
9. Better surface water/ ground water levels
10. Less diseases
11. Preserve biodiversity
12. Reduce floods, heat and many other natural disasters
13. Decrease soil erosion
14. Increase food quality
15. Preserve energy
16. Preserve natural resources
17. Enhances wildlife and forest
18. Make this earth comfortable to live
WHAT CAN YOU DO ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
TO START WITH PLANT A TREE OR SAPLINGS
This is the most basic thing you can do to your surroundings for this environment day. Looking for allowed places to plant trees and saplings in your locality is the best thing you and your family members can spend a fruit full day on world environment day.
REFRESH YOUR HOME GARDEN, PLANT NEW FOODS AND FRUITS AND HERBS
Renew and clean up your garden to plant some seeds, flowers and clear up the garden to grow your own food. This way you reduce and become self-sufficient to not rely on outdoor supermarkets. This will save you money, resources and the food you will be eating will be homegrown and preservative-free
Read more : POWERFUL PLANTS YOU CAN GROW IN YOUR GARDEN
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME – KITCHEN BATHROOMS LIVING SPACES
Tidying up your home and the areas of kitchen, bathroom and living spaces will help you take out a lot of trash from your home and decluttering your things will minimize your stuff and make you more organized. Minimizing the things, makes your life much better, reduce the trash in the landfills and reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
MINIMIZE YOUR WARDROBE
Today is the day when you can trunk out all the excessive clothes that you need. Choose something that is necessarily required in your life and try to reduce, reuse, recycle and repeat your outfits. There is so much trash that is being created by the concept of fast fashion and you shouldn’t follow it at all. Do your bit and help Mother Nature.
Read more : WHAT IS ETHICAL FASHION
Switch off your phone and laptop today to do a digital detox. This will be a tribute to all the e-trash that is being created by every one of us in the race of buying new gadgets, new models launched and new technology being introduced. Switching off your gadgets and doing a day’s detox will help you and the environment.
DONATE YOUR THINGS
After you do a cleanup and decluttering activity in your bathroom, kitchen and the living space, plan a donation or thrifting activity of all your household items particularly home decor, clothes, utensils and things that are just piling up at your home. This will encourage people to buy the second-hand collectives and promote reduce and reuse model.
SHORTLIST YOUR GROCERY LIST
We all shop unnecessarily, sometimes we shop things that we really don’t need. Just to explore how it is, why people are using it. That a very regressive approach. Today is the day when you sit or discuss with your partner to streamline your shopping list so that you can avoid all the unnecessary packaging that you bring to your home with this privilege.
MAKE YOUR ZERO WASTE SNACKS AND COOKIES
Planning a day with kids and family, let’s just restock our snack jars and cookie boxes with homemade zero waste snacks and refill all the jar for the next 1 month. Making your own food like this which includes lots of wrapping and packaging, this activity will involve you and your kids to indulge in something that is helping the environment as well.
Related: ECO FRIENDLY GIFTING IDEAS
UPDATE AND REFILL YOUR CLEANING ESSENTIALS
Another great idea for today is to make all your household essentials at home and refill the cleaning sections of your bathroom and kitchen. Making homemade cleaning products can help a lot in reducing plastic and packaging stuff from your home. Utilize this day to refill all your dishwashers, soaps, candles, scrubs, toothpaste etc.
Read more : 20 EASY HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
MAKE YOUR UPCYCLE PROJECTS/ RECYCLE PROJECTS
Upcycling and recycling your plastic and other waste items to make something productive is unique and most importantly not throwing it in the trash can is a super idea to get busy today. Take out all your empty boxes and jars and plastic containers to make beautiful holders, frames and pots and decorative. This way you will reduce the plastic and make it for better use.
GET INVOLVED IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITIES
Most important. Look for the charities or organizations that support environmental activities of cleanup, support wildlife protection, deforestation, reduction of plastics or any activity that support the upliftment of the planet. Do your charity and make contributions to the events that benefit the planet on the world environment day.
JOIN A CLEANING PROGRAM – BEACH , PARKS, GARDENS, ROADS
A Cleaning program is one such activity that helps directly to the environment. Either you join a beach clean up or roads cleaning or picking plastic bottles, decluttering the parks etc will directly affect the sustainability idea and benefit the environment.
PLAN TO SWITCH YOUR DIETS TO PLANT BASED DIETS
Today is the day when you can deeply think of switching your diet to more plant-based. Animal-based diets have the highest carbon emissions and are taking the food industry and greenhouse gases with a storm. Read about the ill effects of meat and animal industry and rethink to incline to more plant-based diets. I would say start with less meat consumption that to vegetarian and finally consider being vegan for the environment.
Related : WHAT IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE DIET.
WATCH ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARIES – SHOW YOUR CHILDREN
The current generation is the first generation that has started to face climate change and climate crises. We need to do for them and educating them and making them realize the importance of environmental studies. Make them sit, explain and watch together some of the best environment related stuff on tv, Trust me this will change a lot of notions in your head.
PLAN A CLEAN UP ACTIVITY WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Are you planning to sit with friends after a long gap of being quarantined? Why not plan a simple bbq dinner at the beach followed by a quick collective cleanup activity or doing some activity for surroundings. This will help you and your loved once to grow together in the right direction, create awareness and make best use of the time spend with each other.
USE LESS WATER AND HEAT
Simple things and small things can help a lot in making life easy and one such thing is precautious use of water and heat at your home, not just today but every day. Using less heating equipment like iron, geyser, air condition, etc and reducing wastage of water can help the planet. Small changes matter and small imperfect steps can make one big perfect change.
SHOP FROM LOCAL ARTISANS AND FARMERS MARKET
If you are planning to go out for shopping, plan your day or night for a local flee market or local night and morning market. This will boost the local economy, support artisans and local artists. To attain complete sustainability, socio-cultural and economic sustainability is very crucial. Be the change you want to see.
SWITCH OFF / UNPLUG YOUR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Home appliances are always on and consume lots of energy and power. Struggling to meet our requirements, we are already draining out lots of renewable energies. Be cautious of what we use and whatnot. Plug off all unnecessary lightings, appliances microwave, coffee maker and tv. Use only when necessary; not just today but every day. Energy conservation is so important currently.
Read more : COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY
WRITE TO YOUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
Last but not least. Write to your local governing agencies or sign a petition of more government laws and policies on climate actions, environmental education and awareness. This is so important for the point of a certain type of climatic action one want to see in the real world.
CONCLUSION – SPREAD THE WORD AND RAISE AWARENESS
We all are blessed to have encountered beautiful earth that we live in. We are blessed with natural resources, species, quality of life and healthcare. Our whole ecosystem works in a way that all are natural cycles are so beautifully designed by Mother Nature that for example, the forests reduce carbon dioxide, our wetland store the rain and stormwater make natural underground water level and these water sweeps into the rivers and eventually the sea which forms the most marine life. The whole ecosystem is so beautifully balanced that we as humans should not disrupt it.