What Can We Do To Support World Environment Day 2020
Every year, on June 5, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
The 2020 edition sees Colombia hosting World Environment Day in partnership with Germany and focusing on biodiversity, a concern that is both urgent and existential. In recent events, we have witnessed bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia, locust infestations across East Africa and now, a global disease pandemic known as the Coronavirus. This has proved that the planet’s health is linked to our health.
The UNEP is providing resources and tips for everyone to play a part. We have consolidated some of their resources and added our own so that Singaporeans that may be isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic can take part. This guide is structured in three parts: learn, share, and act. All you need to participate is a connection to the internet, a book, or even just your imagination.
Here are some resources for you to LEARN about how you can protect nature:
1. Find out if your cosmetics and products contain harmful microbeads through the Beat the Microbead app
2. Check out IUCN’s #NatureforAll Discovery Zone, which offers a range of creative tools, from videos to lesson plans, to comic books to help you learn about nature
3. Learn about Singapore’s environmental issues and how our Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is implementing policies to tackle these issues
Here are some ideas for how you can SHARE the message on World Environment Day:
1. Head to UNEP’s social media feeds from 28 May to 5 June and share with the world why action for nature is so critical. Be sure to use the #ForNature and #WorldEnvironmentDay hashtags
2. Join the #ForestChallenge by CITIES4FORESTS. All you need to do is post an image with your friends, family, or colleagues with forests and trees on either Facebook or Instagram. For every 1 post, 1 tree will be planted in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. You can read more about this campaign here.
3. There are a whole lot of individuals and organisations in Singapore that are showing their support in making our environment a better place. A simple like, follow, comment and sharing of their posts can educate the people around you. Some notable accounts are The Sustainability Project, Project bECOme, TheWeirdAndWild, BYOBottleSG and Green Nudge Singapore.
Here’s how you can ACT for nature:
1. Leave some wild green spaces in your garden where pollinators and ground-dwelling insects can thrive
2. Contribute to the ‘Let’s Go, Punggol!’ initiative by Waterways Watch Society. Every dollar that you donate helps to fund the organisation to purchase consumables like trash bags and gloves for their weekly cleanup patrols. Their volunteers conduct weekly environmental patrols on foot, bicycle, kayaks and boats around the various waterways in Singapore. Click here to donate.
3. Download the EcoLifeSG web app developed by the Singapore Environment Council. This app makes carbon emissions personal by tracking each green action you take as you go about your daily life. Reduce your carbon footprint by completing daily quests and watch your Eco Avatar evolve. Check out carbon tips within the app that can help guide you towards a greener lifestyle.
The UN Environment Programme has suggested a lot more resources and tips for everyone to implement and you can read more about them on their website. This year, let us all come together and do our best to protect our environment and our nature. It is time to raise our voices to tell the world that we need action now.
This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.