The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.
Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.
This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.
Do something today to be kind to our environment and take care of our Earth.
When is World Environment Day?
World Environment Day (WED) is an international day of environmental awareness and action that happens on 5th June each year.
Started in 1974 by the United Nations, each year WED is hosted in a different country, with events focusing on a central theme. World Environment Day 2020 is being held in Colombia, with Biodiversity as the central theme.
Who takes part in World Environment Day?
Ever since its creation, the United Nations has emphasised that World Environment Day should be seen as the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth, whether that be something as small as picking up litter or planting a few flowers, or organising a more large-scale event in your local school or community like a clean-up campaign, a tree-planting drive, or a recycling drive.
Ways to protect biodiversity
Since 2020’s World Environment Day theme is biodiversity, you might wish to mark the occasion by doing something towards protecting the local biodiversity where you live.
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Here are some suggestions for fun, biodiversity-supporting World Environment Day activities:
- Plant local and native flora for the bees: bee populations are dwindling all over the world, and ensuring that they have plenty of native flowers and plants on which to feed goes a long way towards helping populations thrive. Perhaps you could organise to have a small section of the school grounds roped off for classroom wildflower planting.
- Walk or Bike Ride: take a lovely relaxing bike ride in your local area and be sure to notice the rich offerings of nature around you.
- Make compost: composting is an amazing and entirely natural way to create nutrient-rich soil for any land that is being gardened or farmed. Set up compost bins for your gardens that will eliminate the need for artificial fertilisers and pesticides, both of which can harm local biodiversity.
Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without mother Earth but the planet can live without humans – Evo Moralis