World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The 2014 theme for World Environment Day will focus on ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’, the official slogan for the year 2014 is ‘Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level’.
This year is considered as a year for Climate Action. The Idea was coined by Ban Ki-Moon(Secretary-General of the United Nations). Here is what he said last December:
“My big idea is not new. Nor is it, in the larger sense, mine. But it is an idea that will be one major focus of my work next year, and one in which I believe deeply. In 2014, we must turn the greatest collective challenge facing humankind today – climate change – into the greatest opportunity for common progress towards a sustainable future. Next year is the year for climate action.”
Today the whole world is celebrating the World Environment Day. I am also participating in it. I did it on the WED website, now it is time for me to do something on my blog.
This year they are doing several tasks at a time. And they are asking we, the people to help support them. Actually, it is a responsibility we all have; we all have to support the WED programmes.
They have also got some help from some celebrities like, Yaya Toure, Ian Somerhalder, Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle.
Each of them is given four different messages and we can support whoever we want. I will explain to you what task did the four of them get.
Yaya Toure(Footballer)- Purge Plastic. Plastic is a very common problem the world is fighting now. The disposal of waste in public places is a very harmful thing for the Environment. We are killing ourselves to be honest. We should recognize what we are doing to ourselves. It takes one minute to throw out a plastic bag you’ve used once. It takes less than that to down a bottle of water. They then end up in the garbage or the ocean where they live FOREVER– adding to landfills and killing marine life. So stock up on reusable bags on your shopping trips to the supermarket or high street and find alternative water sources to avoid plastic bottles. If you have to use plastic, make sure you reuse or recycle!
On the WED website, I read that even washing our face, brushing our teeth and scrubbing our body may pollute the environment. Here is what it was given on the website:
“Tiny particles of plastic have been added to thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These microbeads, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why, ultimately, they contribute to the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans. Microbeads are found throughout the marine environment, from Lake Geneva to the North Pole. Once in the marine environment, they can act as sponges, absorbing pollutants from the surrounding water, to be added to the chemicals that are already present in the plastic. Sea creatures of all sizes eat these microplastics, mistaking them for food. Once ingested, studies have shown that some of the pollutants in the microplastics may be transferred to the creature that ate them. These pollutants and microplastics can then be passed along the marine food chain and increase in concentrations the higher up we get through a process known as bioaccumulation. Since humans are ultimately at the top of this food chain, it is quite possible that we are exposed from the food we eat. Microbeads are not biodegradable and once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove.”
So there is very much for us to take care of. Let us try to avoid plastic usage and if at all we use plastic, we should recycle and reuse them.
Ian Somerhalder(Actor and Model)- Connect to Go Greener. Humans are currently consuming far more than our planet can provide or sustain. We are polluting our air with Carbon emissions, destroying our forests and species, and filling our seas with plastic and waste. The time is now to go greener by making choices that are good for the people and the planet. We can do it by coming together as communities, businesses, organizations, schools and individuals- to connect our resources and skills to our passion for a more sustainable, resource efficient way of living. We can do it by being more informed and by doing business with companies that have demonstrated their commitment to these issues. We can plant more trees, grow more kitchen gardens and just think more carefully about how the decisions we make impact our one and only Planet Earth.
We know that without sustained, collaborative action that climate change will have a critical impact on our planet and the way we, and future generations, all live our lives. And since greenhouse gases drive climate change, reducing their emission is fundamentally the right thing to do for a responsible business.
Gisele Bundchen(Actress and Model)- Reduce your FOODprint. We throw away over 1/3 of all food that is produced, wasting precious land and water resources that have gone into its production. Food waste in landfills is one of the biggest contributors of the harmful gases that cause global warming.
Warmer temperatures are melting glaciers causing sea levels to rise, threatening small islands and low lying cities around the world.
So let’s reduce our FOODprint by managing our meals smartly, storing food, using leftovers, buying imperfect vegetables and encouraging our supermarkets and restaurants to cut their food waste.
Don Cheadle(Actor and Producer)- Power Down. The facts don’t lie. The global climate is changing. Carbon dioxide accounts for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature in the past ten years. It is the single most prevalent and destructive greenhouse gas emitted by human activity.
When you save energy—by switching to compact fluorescents, biking or walking, going hybrid or carpooling, you reduce fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas, the greatest source of human carbon dioxide output.
These are the main programmes organized by the WED this year. Next year India will be hosting the programme and the theme will be ‘One World, One Environment’. So let’s Raise our voice and not the sea level.
Happy World Environment Day and please be a part of it.
For more please visit: http://www.unep.org/wed and also please take the WED challenge.