World Environment Day!

World Environment Day on 5 June 2016.

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June 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).t was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.

World Environment Day can be celebrated in many different ways: through arts and crafts exhibitions, film festivals, competitions, demonstration activities, drama and poetry, flash mobs, online and social media activities, sports activities and so on. Whatever you decide to do for WED.

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Save Wild Animals 

 

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GO WILD FOR LIFE

The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecoystems, fuelling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe.

Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. In 2011, a subspecies of Javan rhino went extinct in Vietnam, while the last western black rhinos vanished from Cameroon the same year. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, and other countries could quickly follow. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife!

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Huge efforts to counter the illicit trade – including stronger policies, awareness campaigns and investments in community conservation and law enforcement – have scored some great successes. However, many species remain at risk and it will take a dedicated and sustained effort by each and every one of us to turn the tide.

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level – many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction! Whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference.

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STOP THE ILLEGAL TRADE IN WILDLIFE

“It takes a village to safe an elephant. It takes a community to protect 500 of them.”

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FORESTS  HELP SUSTAIN ALL LIFE ON EARTH

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  • Forests produce clean water.
  • Forests Naturally Filter Air.
  • Forests Regulate the Global Climate.
  • Forests Support people and Nature. 

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Our Forests are disappearing. One gift can plant roots for tomorrow.

Your donation can turn the tide of deforestation and plant the roots for tomorrow. You will do more than a seed in the ground – you’ll make sure these forests can survive for future generations. This year, help us raise $123 million for the Plant A Billion Trees campaign.

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Steps to be taken for Save Environment:

Switch off anything that uses electricity when not in use. If you’re not using it, turn it off. This goes for lights, televisions, computers, printers, and so on.

Unplug devices when possible. Leaving devices plugged in, such as laptop chargers or toasters, can use “phantom” energy. Even when an appliance is turned off, it may still use power. It is best to unplug anything that you do not anticipate using in the next 36 hours (or more).

Run your air conditioner sparingly or not at all. Air conditioners use a great deal of electricity. Use natural ventilation or a fan to keep cool, as much as possible.

on’t use electronic exercise machines. Instead of using exercise equipment, use a real bicycle (or a unicycle), or walk to get to nearby destinations or for pleasure. Calisthenics, push-ups, and other bodyweight exercises work, as well.

Conserve water. The average family of four in the U.S. uses about 400 gallons (1,514 L) of water every day. Make conscious choices to lower your consumption of water.

Recycle all you can. If you have curbside recycling, use it. Be sure to separate your recycling into glass, metal, paper and so on.

Avoid using disposable items. Anything you use only a few times and throw away consumes resources only to spend centuries in a landfill.

Use only as much toilet paper as you need. Don’t unwind a mile of it for one little wipe. Be reasonable. Go easy on the paper towels, too, and use a washable cloth or sponge for most of your kitchen clean-up.

Be a mindful consumer. Ask yourself how your purchases are impacting other people and the natural environment.

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