Every year July 28th is observed as the World Nature Conservation day to reminds us of the significance of a healthy environment not just for the present generation but also for the generations to come.
The occasion is intended to create awareness about the need to preserve natural resources such as flora and fauna that might go extinct a few years or decades from now in order to keep the world healthy. Among the steps that we can take include cutting down on the use of plastics, planting more trees, conserving water, saving electricity and checking e-waste etc.
Collectively, it is the responsibility of human society to participate in the protection of the environment and conservation of nature. Together, we need to work towards a sustainable world to ensure the well being of the present as well as future generations.
The theme for this year’s World Nature Conservation Day 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” which hints at the immense importance of the co-existence of people and resources on the planet. This highlights the importance of the sustenance of these resources and ensuring their availability for future generations by the present generation. Hence, this year’s focus is on the forests and livelihoods.
The good news is that ordinary humans don’t have to do anything herculean to create some impact for preserving nature. Small steps can ensure that we reach our goals of sustainable development. The small things are listed below:
- Opt for reusable plastic bottles and straws
- Ditch single-use plastic bags and carry your own bags for grocery shopping
- Reuse and recycle as much as you can
- Opt for a sustainable, plant-based diet
- Remember to turn off the switches and taps
- Try to plant and nurture plants at your home
- Try carpooling, cycling, public transport or walking instead of using your own car
- Switch to energy-efficient appliances
- Avoid wasting food