June 5, 2018
It’s World Environment Day—“a global celebration of nature, a day to reconnect with the places that matter most to you.” It’s a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a cause and do something in your local community to help make a positive impact on our environment. According to organizers, World Environment Day is the UN's “most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.”
That might mean getting involved in a formal event organized by a local non-profit organization or organizing an event in your community, such as planting trees. Every single effort, no matter how big or small helps clean up our environment!
An excellent way to celebrate our world is by cleaning up around your local community. Whether it’s walking around your neighborhood or going to a local park and picking up garbage, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate our planet and help our communities! Or, if you want to be a World Environment Day all-star, check out the World Environment Day event organizing kits for schools, governments, for-profits, and non-profit organizations.
This year’s theme for World Environment Day is #BeatPlasticPollution. Learn all about the issue and ways to take action with this video.
To help celebrate World Environment Day, I’d also like to highlight a couple organizations who are making an awesome impact on our environment on a daily basis and worthy of donating your time or money to!
Adirondack Mountain Club
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is “is dedicated to the conservation, preservations, and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve and other parks” which also includes educating people on how to responsibly enjoy our environment’s natural beauty. In fact, they’re currently working on an Education Campaign to help teach children and teenagers about the conservation of our environment to invest in the future of our youth and environment!
Coming up a few days after World Environment Day, the ADK is partnering with Monroe County Parks to put on the 21st Annual Outdoor Expo on June 9th to enhance your respect and enjoyment for the great outdoors. At this event, you can learn about taking care of the environment by practicing proper “Leave No Trace” ethics with DEC rangers, proper and safe water treatment, and even how to survive in the wilderness if you get completely lost.
The Nature Conservancy
Another organization that’s doing fantastic work is the Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy has been around since 1951, and has made some incredible achievements for the preservation of our environment recently. Most notably, the Conservancy donated 24,000 acres of native forest in it’s Valdivian Coastal Reserve to the Alerce Coastal National Park of Chile in 2012. Then in 2015, the Conservancy helped conserve almost 165,000 acres of natural land in the eastern Cascade Mountains of Washington and the Blackfoot River Valley in Montana in 2015. The Action Center on their website has a variety of campaigns they’re working on where you can simply sign the pledge for a particular cause or take the extra step to really show your support and make a donation.
They also have a portal where you can find opportunities to support the efforts of the Nature Conservancy right in your local area through various events and organizations. See what’s going on in your area to find out how you can get involved!
There are plenty of ways you can get involved to help celebrate World Environment Day, whether it’s donating to a large conservatory non-profit organization or throwing a fundraiser event of your own. One thing to always keep in mind: we should treat every day like it’s World Environment Day! If you really want to celebrate our environment, do so by taking care of it each and every day!