World Environment Day is typically an occasion to plant a tree, organise a clean-up with friends or commit to environmental action, much of the population around the globe is staying at home to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
We may be physically apart, but we can still raise our voices together for nature and push to accelerate ambition to protect biodiversity. Whether it’s the air we breathe, the food we eat or protection from disasters, nature is there for us. But nature is in crisis.
One million plant and animal species risk extinction, largely due to human activities. It’s time we wake up and call for action.
It’s time #ForNature.
This is an opportunity to show solidarity in our support of biodiversity.
Here’s how to join the call #ForNature In 30 seconds:
Reply to UNEP’s post and tell the world why action for nature is so critical.
Here are a few possibilities to get you started:
• The benefits that nature provides us every day - from health to wealth to happiness
• A natural place that you love (feel free to post a photo or video!)
• A plant or animal species that you want to protect
• Why nature is so important for your country’s sustainable development
If you’re taking action #ForNature as a citizen, an organization, a business or a government, be sure to share what you’re doing. UNEP want to show the collective drive to protect and sustain nature. Invite others to join the conversation. Tag friends, family, companies or governments and ask them to share why they love nature and what they’re doing to protect it.
Three practical things you can do in Nottinghamshire to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.
- Many shops offer fruit and vegetables without any packaging, so if you can, choose the no packaging options.
- Buy your food in bulk. You can buy a lot of cupboard items such as pasta, rice and flour in bulk bags, which will dramatically decrease the amount of packaging you get through.
- A great way to reduce your food waste is to plan out what meals you're having for the week, then shop only for what you'll need, to reduce and waste.
- Keep a reusable bag folded in your bag or pockets so that you're never caught off guard in the shops!
- Reuse empty bottles and jars, old jars of pesto can be used to keep homemade salad dressings or to store snacks for your lunch at work.
- Learn how to do some basic stitches so you can repair your clothes instead of throwing them away.
- Recycle at work and not just at home. If you don't have any recycling bins in your office, become the office recycling champion, and ask your manager for some.
- Make use of textile and shoe recycling bins around your borough, your Recycling Center will have some, or you can use local bring banks - they're often near busy areas and big supermarkets.
- Batteries can be recycled but not in your household recycling bin! The Recycling Centres have dedicated battery bins and supermarkets will often have a collection point as well.