What You Need to Know About World Environment Day
World Environment Day takes place every year on June 5 as an initiative of the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the planet from environmental-related issues in an effort to ensure a healthier global environment for current and future generations to come.
Why is it important?
1. It reconnects us to nature
Sometimes we forget just how nature contributes to our own well-being. Take a time today to appreciate nature!
2. It raises awareness
More and more people are becoming aware of sustainability efforts and how to manage our planet’s resources. World Environment Day provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness about the true value of nature and our role to play in sustainably managing it. But of course, we have to make sure to walk the talk!
3. It encourages us to take action
According to the United Nations, the emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. World Environment Day inspires us to do something about it and fix the environment we can’t live without
What are some interesting facts about World Environment Day?
1. Solar Panels
The largest solar farm, Yanchi Ningxia solar park in China, can provide up to 1 billion watts.
2. CO2 Vacuum Cleaner
Developed in Switzerland in 2016, giant machines capture CO2 to clean the air we breathe.
3. The Ocean Cleanup
Backed with $30 million and led by a 22-year-old, this company uses U-shaped screens to catch garbage in the ocean.
4. Plant-Based Plastic
Created by an Indonesian company, it’s made from agricultural leftovers like corn, sugarcane, etc.
5. Eco-Friendly Batteries
Developed in the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden using upgraded aluminum.
What are the simple things we can do to help protect our environment?
This World Environment Day, how can you and your people do your part to make a difference in the world?
Here are some ideas you can do to contribute to the protection of our environment:
Clear the air by combating air pollution by using bicycle to work
Switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle
Reducing meat and dairy consumption to help cut methane emissions
Composting organic food items and recycling non-organic trash
Turning off lights and electronics when not in use
Go for a Paper-free Day
Create a forum for environmental discussion
Learn about environmental sustainability practices as a team