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Posted in Your Community | June 2015

The world needs you

It’s important to be environmentally conscious 365 days a year, but June 5 has been set aside as a day to create awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action. According to , the celebration of World Environment Day began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment.

Every living thing on the earth is interconnected and dependent upon each other for survival—including humans—so the environment really is a life support system that we need to respect and protect.

The global celebration on June 5 is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in protecting the environment, raise awareness, and find ways to get your friends and family more interested in taking care of the planet we all call home.

12 ways to celebrate World Environment Day

  • You can create your own letter or use a template like this one from
  • Learn more about pressing environmental matters by researching and reading articles on things like global warming, pollution, carbon mitigation and climate change.
  • Take your children or grandchildren to a local park or green space to pick up garbage, or organize a Foresters Playfinders activity where a group of like-minded folks gather together to spruce up the playspaces in your neighborhood.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Make a meal using only sustainable, local ingredients. For some tips and recipes visit
  • Make sustainable eating easier by planting a vegetable garden in your own backyard, or even adding pots of herbs and lettuces to your balcony or windowsill.
  • Keep the car in the garage and walk, bike or take public transit.
  • Go waste-free for the entire day, week or month by recycling or reusing everything you can.
  • Go the whole day without using any machines, switching on anything electric, or purchasing anything. In short, make every attempt not to use up any resources.
  • Host a book, magazine, CD and DVD swap to encourage friends and family to share these items between each other rather than purchasing them new. You can do the same thing with clothes and other household items.
  • Make reusable shopping bags using old t-shirts. Older kids will love working on this DIY project!
  • Purge your closets and basement and make a run to a charity thrift store where your old, unwanted items can be given a new life. You could also donate unwanted arts and crafts materials to a local school, ask your optometrist if they will accept old eyeglasses for donation to third world countries, and drop off any extra wire hangers at your dry cleaners.

There are so many ways to make an impact and do your part to protect the fragile environment we all share on World Environment Day—and all year long. For more fantastic ways for you and your family to be eco-friendly visit Global Stewards.

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