5 June is world environment day
sometimes it is hard to keep track of the various days for one thing or another, but when it comes to environment related days - this really is the granddaddy of days. World Environment Day (easier to call it WED, but don't get confused with wednesday, as it is on sunday) is the celebration of the first day of the UN Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. This conference was a landmark event as it was the first intergovernmental forum to discuss the problems of the global environment, and the result was the first document in international environmental law to recognise the right to a healthy environment.
Every year WED has a different theme and host country. This year the theme is Forests: Nature at Your Service demonstrating the link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems, and the host country is India.
At innocent this week we will be reminding ourselves of some easy ways we can help protect forests, like not printing something unless you have to, buying paper and timber products from FSC certified forests, or giving a helping hand to the organisations out there who work hard every day to protect the worlds' forests - like the Rainforest Alliance's adopt a forest programme.
Of course, there is also Jeremy's suggestion of...
some forest facts for you:
- forests cover 31% of total land area
- the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forests
- forests provide a home to more than 300 million people worldwide
- forests are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity
Want to know more - check out the WED website. Hope you have a great WED.