Each year, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th all over the world. We are reminded that we should not take nature or our environment for granted. It is an event that takes place across the globe and organized by the United Nations dating back to 1972 when World Environment Day was celebrated for the first time. The theme for 2020 is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity.’ This theme is exceptionally relevant this year; as we have learned how connected we are as humans, biodiversity is essential for the survival of everyone. How can we help our environment? We have to first start with ourselves and take action. If we wait for someone else to start, nothing will happen. Be that someone that takes the initiative. A few ways you can pay it forward and celebrate World Environment Day include:
Did you know that trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, and ozone) but also filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark? Pretty incredible. Another great option is to plant your own fruits and vegetables. Not only will this benefit your health, but it will also help and reduce the amount of fossil fuel emissions due to not having to transport the food to stores.
Community Clean Up
Anyone can volunteer, and it can make a huge difference to your community. Every piece of trash we pick up helps. Pollution isn’t just a messy litter problem. The impacts of our mishandled waste are monumental — from poisoning our water sources to choking wildlife to increasing carbon emissions. Even picking up a few pieces of trash have a tangible impact on waste in our environments.
Commit to Recycle
This may seem like an obvious tip, but are you using every possible opportunity to recycle? In a world where our resources are finite, it is important that we recycle every opportunity we can. The next time you think about throwing that piece of paper in the trash because a recycling bin isn’t accessible, think twice. Not sure if that plastic container is recyclable? Look it up. We all have a responsibility to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions — including you. Recycling is vital for cleaning up the environment and keeping our communities free from waste. By reusing recycled items to produce new products, we reduce the impact we have on mother nature.