World Environment Day (WED) is observed on June 5 every year to promote awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity, the need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action. It was on this day in the year 1972 that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was formed. First celebrated in 1973, World Environment Day, also popularly known as Environment Day, is a means to tackle environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency.
World Environment Day has received tremendous support from the public, non-profit organizations and governments around the world. Various awareness campaigns – beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more – are organized to spread the message, which is to improve the quality of life of all living beings on this planet without harming nature. All the activities are carried out to spread eco-awareness and increase green footprint.
With blogs becoming an effective means of communication, on Environment Day, the UNEP has started organizing blogging competitions to encourage people to protect the environment. Thousands of entries were received this year from different parts of the world. After reviewing all entries, budding engineer, Ximena Prugue of Florida, USA, was declared the winner for her blog on the effects of deforestation in rural India.
The UNEP also confers international awards – The ‘Champions of the Earth’, ‘UNEP Sasakawa Prize’, ‘The Seeds Awards’, among others – to individuals or organizations on World Environment Day based on their innovation, vision and performance in protecting or benefiting the environment.
Just Do It : For This Beautiful Planet Earth (WED)
You can also learn how to live a greener life year-round with simple actions like mention below :
1). Switching from plastic to a reusable cloth bag.
2). Turning off the faucet when brushing your (you can save as much as 3 gallons every time!).
3). Green your office : Print double sided, turn off monitors, start an office recycling program.
4). Bike, walk, take public transportation to work.
5). Jog outside to save energy that would be used on a treadmill.
6). Plant a tree.
7). Get a lunch box instead of brown-bagging or eating of takeout containers.
8). Start a compost heap.
9). Buy local fruits and veggies, or start your own garden.
10). Think outside of the bottle. Bottled water cost 1900 times more than tap water!
11). Keep your cup! When traveling on airplanes, ask to reuse your plastic cup.
12). Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient LED’s.
13). Optimize the use of your washing machine.
14). Optimize the use of AC’s because it is the main source of carbon dioxide.
Beautiful description of Nature in poetry by Daniela Hoeche @Just_Dani
takes a human breath
to give universal air.
To let you breath God’s inspiration
to create your best creation….
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