World Environment Day 2020: Help the planet as a family
5th June is World Environment Day and the theme for 2020 is biodiversity.
Since World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth, you may like to mark the occasion by organising an activity for your family that is specifically aimed towards protecting and nurturing the local biodiversity where you live.
As a reminder, it is extremely important to follow all government guidelines relating to Covid-19, including social distancing.
Here are some activity ideas:
- Plant local/native flowers in your garden for your local bees & pollinators. Bee populations are dwindling worldwide & giving them plenty of plants & flowers to feed on will help them to thrive.
- Get composting! Composting is a waste-free, money-saving way to create nutritious soil for your garden or houseplants. Using compost for gardening can help eliminate the feed for artificial fertilisers and pesticides which can harm biodiversity.
- Go on a walk or bike ride. Take in the beauty of your local environment without burning any fossil fuels.
- Educate yourself. Our Planet with David Attenborough is a beautiful & informative series to watch... & you don't even have to leave the sofa!
- Promote World Environment Day on social media. Increase the awareness around conservation & biodiversity by spreading the word to your network.
- Donate to biodiversity causes: World Land Trust, WWF, Cool Earth are some of our favourites but there are many more to choose from.
What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the range of animals, plants and microorganisms in an area or 'ecosystem'. It is the foundation on which all life is supported and each member plays an important role.
Places such as the Amazon Rainforest have millions of different species and are very biodiverse. Other places like the North Pole have far fewer species and are less biodiverse.
Why is it important?
If the population of one species is affected, there are huge consequences to the other living things in the ecosystem. For example, if a disease destroys the plants in a lake, it may affect the insects, fish and birds living in that habitat because they have less food to eat.
Us humans are not exempt from this. We as a species depend on high biodiversity for food, recreation and many other reasons.
How can we help?
Activities that create air, soil and water pollution reduce biodiversity in many ecosystems. Making more environmentally-friendly choices can help to reduce pollution. For example, using reusable nappies instead of disposable ones can help to reduce pollution caused by landfill and/or waste-incineration.
Conservation of species also helps to maintain the range of biodiversity in an area.
Read 'Why Reusable Nappies are Better for Our Planet, by a Marine Conservationist' here.