World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. The first World Environment Day was on 1973 and it was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It should not be a one day celebration just like Earth Day, but an everyday thing that we all should be aware and live by it.
The agenda for World Environment Day is to:
- Give a human face to environmental issues.
- Empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.
- Promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues.
- Advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
On World Environment Day, all sorts of activities take place in countries and communities around the world—from parades, street rallies and concerts to tree planting, recycling and community clean-up campaigns—all designed to bring attention to a wide range of environmental issues and to help people learn how they can get involved and make a difference.
If your hometown doesn’t have any activities planned to officially celebrate World Environment Day, make time to do something on your own. Plant a tree, clean up a section of road near your home, pledge to recycle more this year, learn more about the theme issue for World Environment Day this year
SixWays to Help Save the Planet in 30 Minutes or LessYou may not be able to reduce global warming, end pollution and save endangered species single-handed, but by choosing to live an earth-friendly lifestyle you can do a lot every day to help achieve those goals.
And by making wise choices about how you live, and the amount of energy and natural resources you consume, you send a clear message to businesses, politicians and government agencies that value you as a customer, constituent and citizen.
Here are six simple things you can do in 30 minutes or less to help protect the environment and save Planet Earth.
Drive Less, Drive Smart-Every time you leave your car at home you reduce air pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve your health and save money. Walk or ride a bicycle for short trips, or take public transportation for longer ones. In 30 minutes, most people can easily walk a mile or more, and you can cover even more ground on a bicycle, bus, subway or commuter train. When you do drive, make sure your car is running efficiently.
Eat Your Vegetables-Eating less meat and more fruits, grains and vegetables can help the environment more than you may realize. Eating meat, eggs and dairy products contributes heavily to global warming, because raising animals for food produces many more greenhouse gas emissions than growing plants.
Raising animals for food also uses enormous amounts of land, water, grain and fuel. Every year in the United States alone, 80 percent of all agricultural land, half of all water resources, 70 percent of all grain, and one-third of all fossil fuels are used to raise animals for food.
Making a salad doesn’t take any more time than cooking a hamburger and it’s better for you—and for the environment.
Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags- Do your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Producing plastic bags uses a lot of natural resources, and most end up as litter that fouls landscapes, clogs waterways, and kills thousands of marine mammals that mistake the ubiquitous bags for food. Worldwide, up to a trillion plastic bags are used and discarded every year—more than a million per minute.
Reusable shopping bags, made of materials that don’t harm the environment during production and don’t need to be discarded after each use, reduce pollution and save resources that could be put to better uses than making plastic and paper bags. Reusable bags are convenient and come in a variety of sizes and styles. You can view and order some at www.himane.com
Use the "Off" Switch- Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you're not using them.
Plant a Tree-If you have the means to plant a tree, start digging. During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are an integral part of the natural atmospheric exchange cycle here on Earth, but there are too few of them to fully counter the increases in carbon dioxide caused by automobile traffic, manufacturing and other human activities. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.
Encourage Others to Conserve-Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment.
Spread the word.
The best way to stay involved in the green scene at work or at home is to get others involved. Share your practices and wisdom with your friends, family, boss and coworkers. You can do this by:
- Creating a Green Team. The EPA suggests creating a Green Team that includes everyone and to set a goal to make your home and/or building the most energy efficient one in your country!
- Encouraging everyone to join or start a recycling program.
- Buying eco-friendly products.
- Setting up a carpool calendar.
- Getting everyone to pack their lunch.