June marks the official start of summer. But before June 20 comes to bring in the summer season, June plays host to a pair of arguably more important days designed to help save the planet and its oceans. World Environment Day and World Oceans Day are celebrated on June 5 and June 8, respectively. Learn a little more about these events and how you can get involved.
World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 101
World Environment Day, or WED, was initiated to raise awareness and promote action when it comes to the environment. It's currently celebrated by about 100 nations and millions of people across the globe. Each WED has a theme, and for 2016, the theme is "Go Wild for Wildlife," a motto that is designed to inform and help people take action on illegal wildlife trade. These illegal practices reduce biodiversity and push certain animal species toward extinction.
World Oceans Day was started in 2003 and has grown tremendously in a short period of time. The day's goal is to educate people on why healthy oceans are critical to survival and inspire more action to take better care of the oceans, one of the world's greatest natural resources. On World Oceans Day, organizers encourage people across the world to initiate projects designed to raise awareness on the importance of the oceans and to help keep them cleaner.
How You Can Get Involved
Simply put, these two days are ultimately designed to help people better understand how important the environment and the oceans are to life as we know it. It's not difficult to get involved with either day! Just search online for an event or an activity related to WED or World Oceans Day in your area and join it.
But while WED and World Oceans Day are great reminders of why we shouldn't take our natural resources for granted, you can do your part for the environment and the world's oceans not just once a year, but every day of the year. How? By getting smarter and getting better about recycling.
Waste has a very detrimental impact on the environment, due to the fact that chemicals and greenhouse gases are byproducts of landfills. Not only does this hurt the environment, but it can also lead to deforestation and habitat destruction. By recycling, you're working to redirect reusable materials from the landfill while also giving would-be garbage new life. What's more is that the chemicals that may be released in landfills don't just sit in the landfill until they decompose. They also seep into the soil, the water supply and even the area rivers, lakes, streams and oceans, causing even more harm.
Yes, recycling is important, and while WED and World Oceans Day are great reminders to do your share, recycling is something that should be done year-round. For more information or to set up a consultation to learn how to better recycle your business' waste, contact us today.