World Environment Day on 5 June is the UN’s flagship annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of all worldwide environmental issues – from marine pollution to overpopulation, and global warming. If there was ever a time to stand up, take notice and act for the planet, then now is it.
Aside from the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s statistics show that one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and nature’s current rate of decline is unparalleled in history.
If you love to travel or work in the travel industry then hopefully you’ll understand the critical role all of us have to play in ensuring the future sustainability of the planet we all inhabit.
For all of us not to take more of an environmentalist and humanitarian approach for the world we so passionately want to explore and share with others seems frankly irresponsible and a missed opportunity for us to give back to the ‘product’ we take so much from.
Time for nature? Let’s start now.
Because as the UN so rightly says…
“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature,
“Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
“To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
“It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
“It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.
“This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.“
This year’s theme is “Time for Nature” (or #ForNature on social media) and focuses on biodiversity (the variability of living things that make up life on Earth) in a bid to combat the accelerating loss of species and degradation of the natural world.
A simple fact to remember: Healthy ecosystems that are rich with biodiversity are fundamental for our human existence since they deliver vital services to humanity – food, help to regulate climate, filter our air and water to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters and help protect us against the spread of disease.
The recent unprecedented bushfires we experienced here in Australia, as well as the ongoing destruction of our coral reefs, and the COVID-19 pandemic all prove that this year’s theme is more pertinent than ever.
How can you help?
Change starts with awareness, attitude and education.
From educating yourself on the effects of climate change and animal welfare to making small lifestyle changes and travel choices and increasing the biodiversity in your garden if you have one – you can do it #ForNature.
Use the hashtag #Fornature in your own social media and use your personal platform to educate and share what’s going on and how others can help.
So the question is, how will you travel to change the world?
Find out more: www.worldenvironmentday.global
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