World Environment Day: Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care

Jun 5, 2015: June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day every year to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the UNEP i.e. United Nations Environment Programme.

Each year a different country is chosen as the principal venue for the global celebration of World Environment Day which falls on June 5. The theme of this years WED celebration is “Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care”.

In 43 years of its history, World Environment Day movement has urged people around the world to save environment, become aware of the threats posed by climate change and take affirmative action. But never did it ask people in a way where the message was inextricably linked with the economics of living.

World Environment Day Anthem :

“Earth Anthem” by poet-diplomat Abhay K was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, Union Ministers of India at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi. It is in eight languages including all official languages of the United Nations which are. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish. The other two languages are Hindi and Nepali.

How To Celebrate :

>> Visit the World Environment Day website: Spend some time having a look around at the information provided there to see what’s of most interest to you. Visit WED official website. Some of the things you might be interested in doing through this site include:

Registering an activity that you, your school, business, or workplace, or your community group are doing for WED. The great thing about registering your activity is that you can inspire others who learn about what you’re doing.

>> Find out what the WED environmental theme is internationally for the year you’re celebrating WED. For example, in 2011, it is the International Year of the Forest, hence a front page focus on forests and trees on the site. If the theme inspires you, consider planning your celebratory event around the theme. If you have another environmental theme that you’re really into, that’s okay too!

>> Make today that you choose to adopt an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Do an inventory of your energy usage, your consuming habits, and your reliance on unsustainable products and make a list of ways you intend to curb your unsustainable activities and habits and replace them with sustainable ones. Set yourself a timeline to meet, with harder changes coming at the end of the timeline.

>> Take public transportation today. Make a choice to take it more often than you do already. On the other hand, if you already take it often, get your bike out for the weekend, or walk. Or, spend time gently persuading a car-lover of the benefits of catching the bus now and then!

>> Visit your garden space and plan what to do with it. Things you can do that will make the most of your garden include: Compost your scraps. Use this compost to boost the garden’s production.

Create a part of it that is edible, and plant seasonal crops. For those of you with merely a balcony or a tiny plot, you can still grow food such as a potato in a bag and small sprout gardens in your windowsill. Or join a community gardening project.

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