Is World Environment Day new to you? Last year was the first time I’d ever heard of it myself. It actually commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly established its first global effort aimed at protecting the environment in 1972. It’s meant to bring worldwide awareness to the environment, enhance political attention and bring action for future generations.
This year’s theme is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future” and will celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Seems a bit ironic considering we’re into day 46 of the tragic and catastrophic oil spill in our Gulf, doesn’t it? The pessimistic side of me would say that it’s more like “Destroying Species. One Corporation. Devastated Future”, but the optimistic side of me keeps hoping that changes will come and there will be lessons learned so this is never, ever, allowed to happen again.
For today, I will push the soapbox aside and just invite you to join me in celebrating this planet and our environment. WED has a list of things you can do, from A to Z, to make a change and make a difference. (Actually, the list ends at W… go figure… but there are still plenty of things you can do!)
Despite everything happening that is completely out of our control, don’t be discouraged. While we can’t control many things in our world, we can certainly control what happens in our own little corner of it!
Happy World Environment Day… we do live in quite a remarkable world.
First, it is World Environment Day. I had never heard of it either, but it actually commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly established its first global effort aimed at protecting the environment in 1972. It is meant to bring worldwide awareness to the environment, enhance political attention and bring action for future generations.
Sounds pretty intense to me. But while part of the event is to show an urgency for nations to agree on a crucial climate deal at the Copenhagen Convention later this year, it is also simply another opportunity to “do something”. Afterall, this year’s theme is “Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change.”
I sometimes get intimidated by these huge scale projects, but I guess it all really boils down to the fact that “it really does take everyone” – from individuals, to local and national governments, to entire nations. That’s really how it gets done.
If you want to commemorate the day, consider:
The important thing to remember is that you make a difference and every effort is worth the effort.
My other celebration today is my stepdad, Ted. It’s his 62nd birthday and, while he is still in critical condition, he is still here with us and he is still fighting. Now more than ever, I realize how fragile life can be. Whether it’s the gift of life or the beauty of the extraordinary world we live in, give thanks. Do your part to protect and care for everything and everyone that makes it worth living. Isn’t that what it’s really about?
Happy Birthday, Dad… from all of us, with all our love.