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What to do this World Environment Day?

World Environment Day- Plastic pollution

World Environment Day is the UN’s 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.

Trashing ocean- World Environment Day
by Ingrid Taylor, Stop Trashing My Ocean …

This year the theme for World Environment Day is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. This World Environment Day join in raising awareness and inspiring action to form the global movement needed to beat plastic pollution for good.

Individuals, the private sector and policymakers all have critical roles to play.

• Plastic pollution is a defining environmental challenge for our time.

• In the next 10-15 years global plastic production is projected to nearly double.

• Avoiding the worst of these outcomes demands a complete rethinking of the way we produce, use and manage plastic.

• Individuals are increasingly exercising their power as consumers. People are turning down plastic straws and cutlery, cleaning beaches and coastlines, and reconsidering their purchase habits in supermarket aisles. If this happens enough, retailers will quickly get the message to ask their suppliers to do better.

• While these steps are a cause for celebration, the reality is that individual action alone cannot solve the problem. Even if every one of us does what we can to reduce our plastic footprint – and of course we must– we must also address the problem at its source.

• Consumers must not only be actors but drivers for the behaviour change that must also happen upstream.

• Ultimately, our plastic problem is one of design. Our manufacturing, distribution, consumption and trade systems for plastic – indeed our global economy –need to change.

• The linear model of planned obsolescence, in which items are designed to be thrown away immediately after use, sometimes after just seconds, must end.

• At the heart of this is extended producer responsibility, where manufacturers must be held to account for the entire life-cycle of their consumer products. At the same time, those companies actively embracing their social responsibility should be rewarded for moving to a more circular model of design and production, further incentivizing other companies to do the same.

• Changes to consumer and business practice must be supported and in some cases driven by policy.

• Policymakers and governments worldwide must safeguard precious environmental resources and indeed public health by encouraging sustainable production and consumption through legislation.

• To stem the rising tide of single-use plastics, we need government leadership and in some cases strong intervention.

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Show us how you plan to #BeatPlasticPollution as we countdown to # WorldEnvironmentDay

Beat Plastic pollution if you can’t reuse it, refuse it.


Every year there is a specially designed theme for World Environment Day which is decided by the host country.

Recalling last year’s theme The World Environment Day 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’. The motto of 2017 theme was to drive people to step outside and re-connect with the world and nature once again. The UN believes that people need to enjoy nature once again, so they realise the value of the planet and do their bit in bringing about change.

I recently came across an interesting book titled ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. She has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction.

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamanian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

The environment on Earth has been deteriorating, which is often referred to as the planet is ‘dying’. As the number of trees keeps depleting and the pollution rates reach sky-high, there are simple steps that each person can take to protect and save the environment.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and the oceans of the world
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag
black, brown, white, different colours
we are humans, the earth is our home.

~ Abhay K


International Mother Earth Day

Mother Earth Day

We have termed earth as our mother, as she has stood by us for centuries as a source of belief and guidance. You don’t have to be a religious person to spiritually feel and come to terms with our part in the universe, the Earth, our only home.

It is very important to know where we came from, as it will make it clear for us to know where we will go. We have prospered due to our technological genius, but at the same time has also alienated us from the world of Nature.

The International Mother Earth Day, this year in 2018

 The issues are many – we live in an environment that works hard to put us under stress, the pace at which we are going is often at times faster than our lives, noise levels are far beyond bearable decibel levels, the pollution higher and the environment beyond conducive.

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The International Mother Earth Day is being observed on the 22nd of April every year reminding us that it is the Earth and its ecosystem that provides us with life and sustenance. It calls to recognize a collective responsibility to encourage and promote harmony with nature and thereby the Earth.

This year in 2018, the focus is on to “End Plastic Pollution”, to create support for a global effort in order to eliminate the use of plastic and regulate means in plastic use and plastic waste disposal. This awareness is aimed to convey and educate people around the globe to about the numerous health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics which includes pollution of oceans and water resources, dangers to wildlife and other related serious global health issues.

Motivating People to save the Earth

 Mother Earth has her needs too. Here are some campaigns that we can collectively participate in to support, protect, nurture and motivate our environment. Let’s take steps to do our bit. Although believing that every day of the year should be Earth Day, let’s ourselves take the first step forward.

  • Clean out Your Wardrobes and Donate to a Charity: do you really know that manufacturing new clothes needs more energy and water? And at the same time, there are many in this world who don’t have the resources to buy new ones and even have one also. It is a great idea to empty your closets and donate the ones to the local charity which you might not have even seen for years.

Do this and for sure you will feel good about it, and also who receive them will be thankful and bless you for this action of yours.

  • Educate and initiate people on Compost: just imagine how much trash we individually make every year. Composting is a great way to use the things in your refrigerator that you don’t use and therefore eliminating waste. Keep a container or a bin at your home or in the garden and collect items like fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, plant clips, dry leaves, newspapers shredded and straws, and the outcome is a soil conditioner that is rich in nutrients, and can be used for gardens, landscaping, horticulture, urban agriculture and organic farming.

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Do this yourself and encourage others to do it. A great and valuable way to get rid of wastes.

  • Plant Trees: might sound like a bit melancholic, but is perhaps one of the best ways to appreciate mother earth and the environment. The fact is that global warming is a result of the buildup of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere thereby trapping heat. Trees have great abilities to suck up these gasses and making the environment cooler and conducive.

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Plant a tree and encourage others to do it, and just imagine a tree a person – how much difference can it actually make to the atmosphere.

  • A day without your Car: make a choice today to leave for work or any other activity without your car and taking other means of public transport, biking or even cycling. Just imagine how much will you alone can contribute to the atmosphere by relieving it from pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Your health and the environment will both benefit.

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  • Say no to Plastic Bags: a symbol of the disposable consumer society, single-use plastic bags are a major threat to the environment and all water bodies. Plastic bags once thrown in the ground takes centuries to degenerate and never decomposes into the soil.

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Keep a bag made out of jute or cotton and never insist for a plastic bag if you don’t need one. If you have purchased a single item, carry by hand and never throw away the old plastic bags carelessly.

‘Civilization is rooted in nature, which has shaped human culture and influenced all artistic and scientific achievement, and living in harmony with nature gives a man the best opportunities for the development of his creativity, and for rest and recreation.’

– By the World Charter of Nature.

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World Heritage Day

Cambodia, World Heritage Day

World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. Protecting and preserving this valuable asset demands the collective efforts of the international community. This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.

On 18 April 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organised by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding of the “International Day for Monuments and Sites” to be celebrated simultaneously throughout the world was suggested. This project was approved by the Executive Committee who provided practical suggestions to the National Committees on how to organise this day.

The idea was also approved by the UNESCO General Conference who passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that Member States examine the possibility of declaring 18 April each year “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day.

ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Sites makes a number of suggestions on how to celebrate the World Heritage Day:

  • Visits to monuments and sites, and restoration works, possibly with free admission
  • Articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio broadcasts
  • Hanging banners in town squares or principal traffic arteries calling attention to the day and the preservation of cultural heritage
  • Inviting local and foreign experts and personalities for conferences and interviews
  • Organising discussions in cultural-centres, city halls, and other public spaces
  • Exhibitions (photos, paintings, etc)
  • Publication of books, post-cards, stamps, posters
  • Awarding prizes to organisations or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage or produced an excellent publication on the subject.
  • Inaugurate a recently restored monument
  • Special awareness raising activities amongst school children and youth
  • Promotion of “twinning” opportunities between organizations, defining areas for co-operation; exchange of speakers; organisation of meetings and seminars, or the editing of joint publications.

There are over 1000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites as been recognized so far. However, among these sites, there is top 10 most beautiful and attractive sites that you must see.











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