WHAT IS World Environment Day?
A PLATFORM FOR ACTION
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
THE PEOPLE’S DAY
Above all, WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.
Each WED is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. WED 2016 is themed on the illegal trade in wildlife under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life’.
EVERY ACTION COUNTS
Through decades of WED celebrations, millions of people from all over the world and from all sectors of society have taken part in environmental action. By bundling their energy, WED has the power to generate hugely positive impacts on the planet.
WHAT IS DAY ONE DOING?
Day One already includes sustainable sustainable practices at all our centres, but this year we are seeking recognition for our efforts. to do this, we have registered to participate in the Small Green Steps Program this year. The SMALL GREEN STEPS program involves four levels ranging from Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Best Practice. Each level contains 10 steps to improve sustainability at our Centres. We will keep you posted on our progress!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There are so many ways to celebrate WED and develop a love and respect for our natural environment within your family. Here are some ideas to try this year:
Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty.
Composting is an easy way to teach children about the importance of the environment while still making sure they have fun and keep busy. Not only does composting save the environment by recycling organic resources, it also saves water by helping reduce runoff and stops the need for commercial fertilizer in your garden.
Children are more excited about activities that they are able to help out with, so why not put them to work?! Children can help by shredding old newspaper, tossing in your worms and dirt, as well as the “turning” of the bin or decorating the outside with colorful markers. They will love getting their hands dirty! This is a great way to get your family to realize how much waste goes into the garbage and much we all consume as a household.
Have eco-friendly birthday parties
Celebrate birthdays and other milestones outdoors in nature, keep things simple and try to avoid toys/gifts that won’t last very long.
Make regular visits to local nature parks
We are really spoiled for choice in Queensland with so many beautiful outdoor areas to explore on weekends.
Dr Seuss Lorax Project
Who doesn’t love Dr Seuss and the Lorax? One of the best resources for fun games and activities focused on the environment can be found here: http://www.seussville.com/loraxproject/ Check it out! You might enjoy the activities just as much as your children 🙂