Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” You can say amen, just a tip of the ice bag on our interesting topic.
On 5th of June is the international day for the environment, why international days? Well, let me take you through a brief explainer of the significance of these days before I narrow down to our topic.
We observe international days to educate the general public on issues of concern, address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity.
World environment day was created by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was first held in 1973 with the idea of engaging governments, businesses, civil society, schools, cities, and communities in raising environmental awareness.
This year marks 50 years since the first international environment event in Stockholm, more than 100 countries are participating under the theme “Only One Earth“Together we can protect it”.
Thousands of participants are attending the two-day meeting, convened by the UN and co-hosted by Sweden and Kenya, with speakers including President Kenyatta, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, President Azali Assoumani of Comoros, President Mohamed al-Menfi of Libya, and John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.
The leaders at the meeting, have stressed the need for a quick action to transform the global economy and humanity’s relationship with nature for people and the planet to thrive.
The most highlighted environmental challenge include Climate change, nature, biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste, which they say if not well addressed will affect development hence leading to poverty.
The changes made by humans in the environment have led to severe damages like global warming, climate change, depletion of water tables, scarcity of water resources, and many more. In the future, the world is going to experience worse conditions.
The leaders say, the meeting dubbed “Stockholm+50” is a chance for the world to commit, once and for all, to delivering these transformations and amplifying a global movement for a more caring world.
Therefore, protecting the planet starts with you as an individual.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT?
- Before you head to the shop and make your purchases, do you need some of the items on the shopping list? because if you buy in bulk it means the product will be more, what if you forget about the product? It will be wasted and you will have to throw it away,how about saving food?
- And now before throwing the item away ask yourself if it can be reused, recycled, or repaired (the 3Rs), save soil.
- Use glass containers instead of plastic bottles,save the earth.
- Normalize using quality and certified products.
- Always unplug any electrical appliances that are not in use to save on the energy, they can waste up to 33% of energy, which is a lot, use LED bulbs.
- Do not use aerosols with CFCs as they are the ones that destroy the ozone layer and contribute to the greenhouse effect. Replace them with sprays, they are also rechargeable.
- Substitute chemical cleaning products for natural products, because they are very harmful to the environment and practically all our homes can be cleaned with soap, bicarbonate, vinegar, and lemon.
- Never throw toxic products, paint, or used oil down the drain or into the toilet, as they pollute a lot.
- Avoid junk food or pre-cooked food. Because they are always over packed and the wrappings end up on the ground
- Plant more trees.save the the earth.