World Environment Day 2014
Today marks the 42nd year that the world has celebrated World Environment Day! The UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the coordinator of WED, organizes several events to encourage us to raise awareness about the environment worldwide. These events include taking the annual challenge, contests, and leading your own clean-up campaign. The main idea is to do something- anything, that makes a positive impact to the earth. Each year, the United Nations comes up with a different theme for this day. This year, the slogan is “Raise your voice, not the sea level” with the theme of small islands and climate change.
In honour of WED, here are 10 simple tips from the Nature Canada staff on how to make our environment a better place to live in starting with your NatureHood:
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Commute with your bike more often.
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Turn off lights to save electricity and protect migratory birds.
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Make yourself a balcony garden with reusable materials.
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Keep unwanted pests out by tidying and cleaning your area.
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Plant milkweed to protect monarch butterflies.
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Write to your city councillor and ask him or her put recycling bins next to city garbage cans.
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Buy products with minimal, recyclable packaging and with the most basic ingredients list.
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Plant colourful flowers to attract as much wildlife you can.
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Stay away from body care products that contain micro-beads as they end up in the great lakes.
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Keep your cat(s) indoors. They kill approx. 200 million birds in Canada each year alone.
Throughout the years, Nature Canada has been inspiring thousands of people to find their voice for nature and become involved with the world we live in. We have done so through great initiatives like Bird Conservation
and Women for Nature
or simply educating the youth with fun presentations and walks
. Also, the Nature Photo Contest
that just started motivates everyone to go outside and capture the beauty of nature all the while appreciating the simple joys of life. Sometimes, it just takes a small splash of action to add to the ripple of impact.
World Environment Day isn't the only day you can show appreciation for the wonderful world we live in, how will you contribute to a better environment for today and tomorrow?
If you liked these tips, check out how you can make your backyard more bird-friendly here
or how you can be a good neighbour with this awesome infographic