Lots of international events are meant to raise awareness about global issues. World Environment Day, celebrated each year on June 5th, is a day for positive environmental action.
The theme for this year’s WED is “Forests: Nature At Your Service.” Forests feed our rivers and are essential to supplying the water for nearly 50 percent of our largest cities. They create and maintain soil fertility; they help to regulate the often devastating impact of storms, floods and fires.
Make A Difference! Send your loved ones a World Environment Day e-card. Small changes in our everyday habits can help protect forests and preserve the ecosystems they contain:
- Don’t print unless it’s absolutely necessary. And when you do print — always print double-sided.
- Whenever you feel like buying books, magazines, or newspapers go to your local library or borrow from friends and neighbors.
- Bring a mug with you whenever you go for take-out beverages, so you avoid using paper cups.
You can also help celebrate World Environment Day by participating in the celebrity challenge.
As UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors, model Gisele Bündchen and actor Don Cheadle are doing whatever they can to encourage people to plan a forest-friendly action for WED.
When registering a WED activity, visitors to the website are asked to credit their activity to either Don or Gisele. Gisele has pledged to plant a tree for every activity registered in her name. Full of confidence, Don Cheadle has pledged to plant two. Either way, the planet wins!
When the votes are calculated on June 5th, the result will be a new forest planted by the winner leaving a perfect legacy from the global WED community.
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