Word Environment Day is the day that we show respect to the environment through our efforts to look after and raise awareness about it. That air pollution, global warming and global climate change today are serious issues, so we need to know how to take care of our environment and inspire others to do likewise. Continue reading for the history and facts about World Environment Day!
What Is World Environment Day?
On 5 June each year, World Environment Day (WED) takes place. It is a day when people and countries around the world talk about the environment and spread the message through different public campaigns and events. It is also a day when positive environmental initiatives are being introduced, urging the public to do its part to protect and conserve their environment.
Importance Of World Environment Day
It is important to have a World Environment Day because it is on this day that environmentalists and conservationists are promoting their environmental contributions. World Environment Day is part of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) which aims to raise awareness and foster actions to promote environmental protection around the world.
The event is important as over 100 countries worldwide celebrate the day and the theme is different in various cities. The event is significant. In 1973 it was held the First World Day for the Environment under the slogan “only one earth.”
History of World Environment Day
World Environment Day was organized to put numerous environmental issues to the public, including global warming, deforestation, plastic pollution, and greenhouse gas. It was developed by the General Assembly of the United Nations and supported by many successful campaigns. This day was planned to raise awareness among the public how they can collectively play a major role in protecting the environment and how they can be greater than the government, public, and private organizations.
Facts About World Environment Day
Here are some significant (and fun) information your children should learn about World Environment Day.
- Environment Day is an anthem of its own.
- On 5 June 1973, the first World Environment Day took place.
- World Environment Day was set up by the 1972 UN General Assembly.
- Each year more than 80 trillion Aluminum Cans are recycled, and only one can power a TV for three hours!
- More than 100 countries take part in the World Environment Day awareness campaigns.
- A WWF report estimates that human lives require three planets by 2050 to sustain their lives at a rate at which the population is growing.
- Worldwide food waste makes up 14% of the world’s carbon emissions!
How to Observe World Environment Day
1. Plant a tree
Trees absorb odors and polluting gasses (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, mercury, ozone) and collect particles in the soil and bark. Strategically installed around an individual house, summer air conditioning needs can be reduced by up to 50%. In reducing the energy needs for refreshment in our homes, we reduce carbon dioxide and other power plant pollution emissions.
2. Make A Commitment To Recycle
It might seem like a basic tip, but do you really take any chance of recycling? Next time, since a recycling tub is not available, think twice before tossing a piece of paper into the garbage. Holding a container with plastics and too lazy to see whether it’s biodegradable? Open your smartphone and check it out! Everybody has a responsibility — including you — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
All can volunteer and the whole society can benefit from voluntary work. Leave your comfort zone by working for the National Park Service or remain on your farmers’ market by volunteering. Whatever way you want to participate, you will experience the positive effect of leaving the house and looking after the planet.
Activities for Kids In World Environment Day
Here are some fun craft activities for your children during the World Environment Day. We recommend encouraging your children with these activities and learning how they can protect the environment.
1. Cardboard Box Holder
Have you ever seen a carton box lying around the house? Don’t throw it; use it! Do not throw it away.
For this you need
- Any cardboard box (preferably cereal boxes)
- A pair of scissors
- Colored paper
How To Make
- Cut the corner of the box to 45 degrees and horizontally cut into the middle of the body, connecting the one side of the box to the other.
- Your silhouette is ready for you. Cut into long rectangular stripes different colored pieces of paper.
- Glue these for a special look on the front of the box and on the insides.
- Place the holder of this cardboard box on your table or elsewhere to store the stationery and other items.
2. Recyclable T-shirt Bag
You’ll need a spare t-shirt that you’ve been planning on throwing away for this activity. Here’s how you can start making a reusable T-shirt bag …
For this you need
- A t-shirt with a scoop neckline or rounded neckline
How To Make
- Start by trimming around the shirt’s round neckline section.
- Cut the sleeves (if any) away.
- Stretch and turn the shirt inside out.
- Create frills by cutting with the scissors on the edges/hemline.
- Tie two opposite frills together into knots. Do this for the frills.
- Turn the t-shirt bag back inside, and voila – you’re done!
3. DIY Compost Bin
If you would like to avoid using toxic chemical plant fertilizers, consider making this DIY compost bin. It’s very simple and will love to make it for your kids.
For this you need
- A plastic bucket
- Used tea leaves
- Something to drill holes with
- Loose soil
- Fruit and vegetable peels and scraps
- Coffee grounds
How To Make
- Drill holes at the base and bucket sides.
- Layer it with peels of vegetables, coffee grounds, and the tea leaves.
- Add the loose soil to the top.
- Sprinkle with water and place a lid over the bucket.
- Swirl around the stack and let it sit 4 weeks now and then. Your compost is ready.
Caring for yourself starts with caring for your planet. This teaches us to show reverence for the world in which we work. Start to live a healthy life and see your life turn in time for your next WED. The best decision you make is to live an environmentally aware life – after all, you’ll leave the world to your child a better place.
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