(CMR) “This planet is our only home,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day, which is observed today, Sunday, 5 June, warning that the Earth’s natural systems “cannot keep up with our demands.”
“It is vital we safeguard the health of its atmosphere, the richness and diversity of life on Earth, its ecosystems, and its finite resources. But we are failing to do so,” he stated.
“We are asking too much of our planet to maintain ways of life that are unsustainable,” he cautioned, noting that this not only hurts the Earth, but also its inhabitants.
According to National Ocean Science, here are some ways we can protect our planet:
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away, and follow the three “R's” to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too.
Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
Choose sustainable. Learn how to make smart seafood choices. Choose seafood wisely to help prevent depletion.
Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxy, and they help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.
Don't send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
Bike more. Drive less