What is World Nature Conservation Day? + How to Celebrate!
July 28th is World Nature Conservation Day – are you ready to celebrate? There are a handful of global holidays that highlight the importance of caring for our environment, and it’s important to participate in each one. Of course, we should treat every day like World Nature Conservation Day – this is the only planet we have!
Today, I’m sharing the purpose of this global holiday and a few ideas on how to celebrate!
What is World Nature Conservation Day?
World Nature Conservation Day was created to acknowledge that the foundation for a stable and healthy society is a healthy environment. In other words – without a healthy environment, we have nothing.
So what is nature conservation? Conservation itself is the preservation or protection of something, preventing the wasteful use of something. When we talk about nature conservation, we’re literally talking about protecting nature and avoiding being wasteful in the way that we use its resources.
How we use the soil, minerals, plants, water, air, and wildlife around us matters. Being thoughtful about how we use nature’s resources in our everyday actions is incredibly important. This holiday reminds us to take stock of where we can do better, and take action!
Celebration Ideas for Nature Day
Ready to celebrate? Here are a few ways – large and small – that you can celebrate World Nature Conservation Day!
Ride your bike or take public transportation
If you’re headed somewhere, ride your bike or hop on the bus rather than in your personal car. One personal vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. In comparison, public transportation saves 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in the U.S. each year. If you ride your bike, you’re creating zero emissions! Both are excellent options for protecting our air.
Bring your own reusable cups and containers
Grabbing a coffee or takeaway today? Bring your own reusable cups, containers, straws, or cutlery! This way, you conserve the single-use plastic that you would have received otherwise. For recommendations on which reusables are best, check out my post here.
Research plastic free alternatives
Running out of cleaning, beauty, or food products? Before you buy a replacement, do some research on plastic free alternatives. There are tons of plastic free alternatives on my blog – just use the search bar for your specific need!
Watch a documentary with a friend
Double your impact by learning about conservation with a friend or family member! A few ideas:
- A Plastic Ocean
- Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
- The True Cost
- Before the Flood
Email a local politician
Make your voice heard! Email, write a letter, or call your local representatives and ask them what they’re doing to fight plastic pollution and global warming. If you need help, you can find a template here.
Join a plastic free challenge
Make the effects of your World Nature Conservation Day last longer than just today by joining a plastic free challenge. If you need ongoing motivation, tips, and support, check out the Aim Plastic Free challenge!
How will you celebrate this global holiday? Drop a comment below and let me know!
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