Today is World Environment Day, a time to pause, ponder and reflect upon our own relationship with the world around us, and a day throughout which everyone, young or old, urban or rural, should take a minute to consider what each of us, on a personal level, can do to preserve the nature. It is a time to celebrate those taking a stand for nature – the myriad dedicated campaigners, activists and conservationists working tirelessly in the field – but also to inspire others. To engage the next generation of environmental heroes and work towards connecting everyone with their natural environment. The latter befitting the theme of this year’s event: Connecting People to Nature: in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.
World Environment Day has been around for as long as I can remember and for quite some time before that: since 1974 no less where, since its foundation, it has been celebrated in over 140 countries around the world. The overriding message of the day being that, no matter who you are, wherever you live, or whatever background you hail from, that you can do your bit to better the world in which we all live. Whether that be through small acts of kindest – managing your garden in an environmentally friendly manner or recycling wherever possible – or through dedicated feats of green greatness. It is, in its purest sense, a day to not just reflect on the many negatives that abound whenever nature is mentioned but to dwell on the positives. A day of hope that everyone should immerse themselves in.
I have celebrated World Environment Day by editing for New Nature Magazine – the writing of passionate, committed young environmentalists uplifting enough to balm even the most pressing of concerns. Though this, of course, is a personal decision and I would be delighted to hear how you, personally, have spent this most optimistic of days?