Tuesday, June 5, 2012

World Environment Day: Green Economy - Does it include you?

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year. It is run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). WED is going to celebrate its 40th year since 1972.  The first World Environment Day was on 1973. It is somewhat similar to Earth Day.
Our planet gives us our food, clothes, fuel, medicines and much, much more. Series of global summits and promises alone can’t make any difference to the situation unless they are complemented by local actions. Let us take the opportunity to do something for our environment, reflect on our responsibilities towards the future generations and redouble our efforts to preserve our planet.

Some Green Ideas:
·         Switch off the lights when not needed, use CFLs
·         Take public transportations to work
·         Pledge to become paperless at work, use more of e-mail
·         Avoid use of plastic bags, switch to cloth bags
·         Reducing energy consumption in house and contribute to reduction of Green House Gases (GHG)
·         Cutting down on transportation and thereby contribute to ambient air quantity
·         Buying environmental friendly home and personal care products to promote livelihoods
·         Cutting down on water use and waste to home
·         Stop use of polythene carry bags and non-bio-degradable materials
·         Supporting the organizations that work to preserve natural resources
·         Encouraging residents, business and institutions to contribute in building a sustainable society
·         Reducing the amount of pollution and waste that we generate

The Theme of World Environment Day 2012 is Green Economy Does it include you? A Green Economy is described as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. We can think of a green economy as an economic environment that achieves low carbon emissions, resource efficiency and at the same time is socially inclusive.  


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