Our planet is up against ongoing conservation challenges such as climate change, deforestation, loss of wildlife habitat, and plastic pollution. While the origin of World Nature Conservation Day is not entirely known, the goal of this day is to reflect on how humans are exploiting natural resources, then taking the steps to correct those actions. Be a part of World Nature Conservation Day and learn about five specific ways you can contribute.
July 28th World Nature Conservation Day
When is World Nature Conservation Day celebrated? This day is celebrated every year on July 28 across the entire world. What is World Nature Conservation Day exactly? The goal of this day is to increase awareness about healthier natural environments so that our societies are productive as we head into the future.
1. Plant a Tree
One of the most common World Nature Conservation Day activities is planting a tree. The best place to do this is in your own yard since public lands are managed by city, state, or federal governments (these organizations oversee reforesting). Reforesting is an incredibly important part of restoring balance to ecosystems that have been affected by deforestation and development. The best types of trees to plant in your community tend to be fruit and shade trees that are native to your local area. Your local garden center or landscaping company can give you suggestions.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Purchase wisely by looking for products with less packaging or products that come in packaging that can be recycled. Use reusable grocery bags and water bottles to cut down on plastic pollution. Recycle clothing, electronics, and furniture by donating those items to secondhand stores. In addition, when you purchase secondhand items, you’ll be supporting local charities and saving items from ending up in a landfill.
3. Go Paperless
Make changes to go paperless at home by signing up for electronic bills, replacing paper documents with cloud-based storage, sorting/storing scanned documents, and by using note-taking apps instead of paper note pads or sticky notes for grocery lists or notes.
4. Carpool More
Reduce traffic and harmful environmental pollutants by carpooling as much as possible. If you’re wondering how to celebrate World Nature Conservation Day, try carpooling with your network of friends or joining a carpooling group. Carpooling can be an effective way to save money and help ease congestion on the roads while decreasing vehicle emissions into our environment.
5. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
Switch to nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products that are made using sustainable manufacturing practices. Many companies that make natural or eco-friendly cleaning products now even offer zero waste or refill options. Look for nontoxic cleaning products at large retailers, natural grocery stores, or shop online. In some cases, you can even make your own natural cleaning products. Research DIY nontoxic cleaning formulas online that include household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.
With July 28th World Nature Conservation Day coming up, now it the perfect time for you to make these positive changes that might also influence those around you to care more about our planet.