World Environment Day
Every year on June 5th, people from around the world take time to reflect on the plight of the planet, and their environmental impact. World Environment Day sets the global stage for those conscious about the future of our planet; promoting awareness and initiative to enact change.
Started in 1974 and led by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day allows for the active engagement of individuals, schools, governments, cities, and more in discussing, planning, and implementing activities to promote a healthier environment.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment which is seen as the first international meeting on the environment. The conference inspired many agencies and kickstarted a new global agreement to protect the environment. Sweden was chosen as the official host country for this year’s happenings.
As WoodVenture works to continue to do its part in support of sustainability and the betterment of the world, and your daily living, we’ve come up with a few ideas on how you can make more environmentally conscious decisions and make an environmental impact of your own.
Use Less Plastic
This may be a no-brainer and has been a push for some time; however, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a huge upturn and an adverse effect on the use of single-use plastics. As we slowly make our way out of the shadow of the pandemic, we can refocus to promote the use of fabric-based or naturally synthetic materials for shopping bags, personal BPA-free water bottles, and even bio-degradable trash bags.
Sometimes a little investment can save you lots of money, and protect the environment at the same time. Installing a programmable thermostat in your home not only helps to maintain the temperature saves money and regulates energy and natural gas output.
One of the biggest culprits of environmental unfriendliness is …emissions. Carefully planning your trips away from home to ensure that you are spending the least amount of time in your car can be a big help. A good plan allows you to eliminate unnecessary trips to the market or mall, cutting down on your unneeded emissions. If it is too difficult to cut down on all of the trips, try carpooling, it not only saves money but helps you to build stronger relationships with your co-workers.
Retail plays a large role in the success of our economy but it also plays a large role in the negative impact on the environment. Shopping and sourcing locally cut down on emissions from goods that are transported across the globe while patronizing stores and companies, such as WoodVenture, that counter the environmental impact by either planting trees or using recycled packaging. It may take some time, planning, and research to find businesses that sell the items you are looking for but the work is worth it when you realize that you are lessening your negative impact on the environment and helping make the world a better place for future generations.