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:
- Tweet for Trees – follow the Twitter page by June 5 and UNEP will plant a tree for each follower in their Billion Tree Campaign
- Choose a new habit – there is a great list of ideas provided by WED. Add something to your daily life today
- Consider an ever grander scale commitment – WED has a list from A-Z
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.