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World Environment Day 2021

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World Environment Day is just around the corner and this year the theme for 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration”. Here, we’ll tell you all you need to know about World Environment Day this year and how you and your family can get involved and celebrate it!


What is World Environment Day?

World Environment Day (WED) is an initiative by the United Nations to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment. WED is celebrated annually on the 5th of June with its conception in 1974. 

Each year World Environment Day is hosted by different countries and in 2021 it is hosted by Pakistan. Although it’s not held in Australia, you and your family can still get involved and it's a great way to teach your kids about protecting the environment.

 

Did you know: World Environment Day was hosted in Adelaide, Australia in 2000 with its theme being “The Environment Millennium – Time to Act”


How you can celebrate World Environment Day

You don’t need to solve world pollution or be 100% sustainable, it’s all about doing your small part to help the environment. Millions of people around the world get involved each year and together we’re able to make a positive impact on the World we live in.

Here are some family activities you can do to celebrate World Environment Day in 2021:

  • Start Composting
  • Plant a tree
  • Take a break from your car

 

Start Composting

Composting is a great way to get the whole family involved and start thinking about how waste can affect the environment. By re-using organic waste in your household you can reduce your landfill trash by 30%! Composting is also a good way to add some much-needed nutrients back into your soil, perfect for any green thumbs out there!

How does composting help the environment?

Composting encourages you to reduce your landfill waste and ultimately reduce the amount of greenhouse gas it produces.

 

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is one of the simplest ways you can help the environment. Not only is it a fun activity to do with your kids, but it will also be something they won’t forget as your kids can grow up as the tree grows.

How does planting a tree help the environment?

Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), a form of greenhouse gas that is harmful to our atmosphere. Trees help the fight against climate change and simply put, the more trees there are, the cleaner the air we breathe in is.

 

Take a break from your car

Consider leaving the car at home when going to work or having a family day out. Take public transport or whip out the bikes and bike riding with your kids. Not only will you be helping the environment, but your wallets will also be grateful too!

 

How does not driving your car help the environment?

General petrol or diesel-powered vehicles are one the biggest culprits in harming our ozone layer. Cars and other vehicles produce harmful CO2 and by swapping your car for public transport, a bike, or even walking, you reduce the amount of CO2 produced. 

Did you know:Australia is the third-largest source of greenhouse emissions

 

There you have it, we hope you and your family can get involved with World Environment Day this year. And remember, you don't have to make this an annual event, saving our planet can be done all year round!

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