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World Environment Day

World Environment Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, June 5, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

                       World Environment Day logo (credit: WED)

Today is designated as World Environment Day (WED) by the United Nations and social action organizations worldwide. WED is designed to be a day to connect people with nature across the globe using music, muscle power, and green lights. With technology and financial companies embracing sustainability, there are reasons for optimism as French premier Emmanuel Macron’s said in his slogan: “make the planet great again.”

Canada was a focus because it is the official host of this year’s celebrations. According to the event organizers, people across six continents were participating in clean-ups on beaches, riverbanks, and in the mountains, as well at the US/Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico. Other environmental events occurred in Spain, Lebanon, the Greek Islands, Australia, Norway, Tanzania, and the Arctic. The general theme of all these activities is to "get back outside and observe the natural world around you". 

The WED organizers commented:

"among of the many grassroots events, students in Ibadan, Nigeria took a stand against pollution with a ‘March for Nature’. In the Italian city of Spoleto, experts with ultrasonic detectors were leading walkers around its medieval fortress in search of bats. Kids played ‘Environmental Detectives’ at a resort on the Thai island of Phuket; and Australians enjoyed a day of food, arts and action at the World Environment Day Festival in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, now in its 38th year."

Various actors, musicians, and activists created videos to celebrate the day including these two examples:

It is not certain what activites are being held around the USA the majority of the work for World Environment Day is being held internationally. However, one direct action anyone can contribute today, even if an outside event isn't near you, is offer your support to USA non-profits who work year round to protect and restore the environment.

Here are organizations several worthy of a donation, especially today.

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