World Environment Day: This is what you must do to save our planet

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Today is World Enviournment Day. This is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People’s Day-
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution.

The Host
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India.

This is what can we do to save our planet-

1. Weed and fertilize public trees and gardens.

2. Eat organic food. Make a meal that is made up of locally grown products.

3. Collect trash in your community.

4. Talk to your parents. Come out with a plan that could help you to save energy and reduce your monthly electricity bills.

5. Plant a new plot in a community garden with different rows holding plants from different countries.

6. Adopt a “sister” city or village and work with them to improve environmental health in both locations.

7. Hold an educational forum about global environmental issues and invite in speakers.

8. Write letters to the editor about World Environment Day and list areas of concern, and possible solutions, which can be addressed locally.

9. Clean up litter on roads.

10. Dispose hazardous waste like batteries, paint cans, old electronics in recycling centres as they could prove disastrous when disposed openly.

11. Leave your car and drive bicycle.

12. Learn how composting works. The organic waste that ends up in landfills can be a great source of nutrient for your plants that can help them grow and shine.

13. Get out and into your local environment. Sponsor a walk or hike – studies have shown that the more people are involved in green spaces, the more green spaces and the environment become important to them.

14. Start a “100 things” challenge group. This is the famous challenge to help you start living a minimalistic life style that allows you to fulfill the first of the three R’s in the waste hierarchy (reduce).

15. Discuss with your friends and brainstorm ideas as to how can you reduce your carbon footprint and be environment friendly.

16. Wear green clothes. Show to the world that you care for Mother Earth.

17. Research more about the environment issues (air, water and land pollution) and come out with your own ideas to control them.

18. Buy items made up from recycled products. Look out for recycle symbol on the packaged goods.Create beautiful handicrafts from recycled material and gift it to your friends or relatives.

19. Make a commitment to yourself, like a New Years’ resolution, to do one thing differently to increase how you benefit the environment.

20. ‘Avoiding the usage of plastic in any forms’ is one of the basic and important changes we need to adapt. Plastic in any form is hazardous as it doesn’t decay. Ever thought what happens to plastic bags and bottles when we are done with it and throw them away? They don’t biodegrade and no one knows how long it takes until it’s completely gone. These bags end up in a water body, polluting everything it comes in contact with. Make a habit of carrying a cloth bag in your bag.

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