Its World Environment Day , so what does that mean ?
Natural systems support our own prosperity and well being. The value of nature is priceless and scientific advances along with growing environmental problems is a call for us understand the ways in which we can live in harmony with the environment.
Today we live in world where there is a huge disconnect between man and the environment. There is little appreciation for where water comes from, where food comes from and even where we get our fresh air. You ask people nowadays where does water come from and the response is a pipe or where does food come from and the response is a grocery ( Publix, Massy Stores, Tesco , Waitrose etc.)
Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.
Why mainly rural people ?
There needs to be shift in the attitudes and livelihoods of all us.
We need to reconnect !
What water will we drink if it’s all polluted?
What food would we eat if the land is completely degraded?
What air would we breathe if all the trees are gone ?
World Environment Day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment , resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment.
Two years later, in 1974 the first World Environment Day was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. It has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from global warming, water pollution, human overpopulation, and deforestation, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
It has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year there is a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes and help drive change in our consumption habits as well as in national and international environmental policy.
World Environment day occurs on June 5 th every year, and this year’s theme is “Connecting People to Nature” , this 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.
World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since its beginning global citizens have organized thousands of events, from neighborhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests. This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.
Its time we reconnect !
So go outdoors, inhale and cherish the environment around you !
We need the earth more than it needs us!