Today is June 5 which means it’s World Environment Day, a world wide event hosted by the UN to raise awareness and action for the future of our planet. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. The World Environment Day website explains that this theme “implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.”
We all know that the environment is a topic we must take seriously. Whether it’s global warming, pollution, or wildlife crime, today is a chance for us to engage in activities to educate and improve these worldwide problems starting on a local level.
Here are some things you can do today (or any day!) to help out and join in the event.
- Get involved in a local event to clean up and connect with nature. Find a group that is already striving towards change or create your own to make a difference for a cause you care about.
- If you can’t find the time to do the work yourself, donate to an organization or cause that can do it for you.
- Get outside and appreciate nature. Take a minute to “stop and smell the roses” today. Whether it’s watching the birds or the waves, appreciate the beauty and importance of the world we all share.
- Sign up to volunteer with at your favorite local charity or combine your next vacation with community development work like our volunteer surf trips.
- Contact your local government officials to express your wishes for better protected environmental bills and rights.
- On your next walk around the block, plant a tree or take care of the neighborhood garden to grow a better tomorrow.
- Engage with others. Talk to your peers about the environmental topics and how you can make small changes that will make a big difference overtime. Create a plan of how can you reduce your carbon footprint to be more environment friendly.
Whether you’re at the beach or in the city, celebrate and take care of the places that mean the most to you. We believe everyday should be World Environmental Day! How will you celebrate?