World Environment Day — Embrace, Nurture and Preserve a Future

The environment we live in needs to be balanced for a healthy, bright and green future. It is no secret that we are messing with the balance causing unusual climatic changes, extinction of species and depleting natural resources. The very air we breathe has lost its quality owing to pollution. When was the last time you got a good lungful of fresh air without all the dust and harmful pollutants? Many renown leaders have shown their concern on the survival of the environment. The father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi rightfully said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” We need to let go off being selfish in order to have a chance at a better future. What Theodore Roosevelt said for his country holds true for the whole world today, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” Let us put a stop to such harmful selfishness.

The significance of this special day is to raise global awareness on the importance of a healthy and green environment for human lives, to solve environmental issues by implementing some positive environmental actions as well as to bring awareness to the common public worldwide and to know that everyone is responsible for saving this environment and not only some individual, government or organization working for it.

What can you do on this World Environment Day (WED)? It is okay if there is some other theme you are interested in celebrating apart from the theme of the year — “fight against the illegal trade in wildlife”. Check for events already planned in your area or country. Consider organising a WED event or activity and involve those around your locality. This can be an event for the day or a project for the week. You could have a clean-up drive in your locality, host an arts and crafts exhibition for the kids using upcycled materials, support serious artisans who create first class upcycled products, plant some trees perhaps, start a community garden even if it is as simple as growing potatoes in a sack of mud, all of you can choose public transport for the day or week. The options are many, do some research, see what is happening near you or in your city, participate and share how you have made a difference through online platforms in the coming WED.

You have to remember that saving the planet is, when individual responsibilities are put together, that is what makes all the difference. As humans and dwellers of the earth it should be our natural instinct to preserve the planet that sustains us and it is our duty to pass on natures riches to the future. Nature has to be filthy rich for the next generation not with resources like a middle class earth or a below poverty line earth. We also need to teach the youngsters of this day and age to love nature and raise them as an eco-friendly generation. If you don’t know where to start it is never too late to educate yourself and share and put those lessons into practice. Bring those small changes around and go for sustainable living. The basic start can be with picking up trash and putting them where they belong, switching off lights and switches when you are not using them, avoiding unnecessary wastage of water, maintaining an organic garden even if it is just growing a sack of potatoes because organic is any day better, healthier and tastier than the commercial alternative and planting at least one tree a year. Make a conscious effort from within, we don’t have another planet to hop on to in the effect of a barren Earth. ‘Chop chop’ now, sow your efforts for a green change!

Originally published at on June 5, 2016.

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