We love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. There are many factors that would affect your experience. Undoubtedly, one of the most important aspects that affect tourism is Environment. We are living in tough times! Life’s every aspect is threatened by natural as well as anthropogenic factors, be it in the form of cyber attacks (Ransomware was really bad!), contaminated food, epidemics, illegal use of pesticides, excessive use of medicines, global warming, climate change or countries being on the verge of submergence under water. Thus, this World Environment day let us look at how we can transform our lives and change the environment for the better.
We all need to ponder on what sort of world are we going to leave behind for our future generations? Do we want our children to live in a world with
- Depleted forests
- Contaminated rivers
- Disease-ridden water
- Polluted air and smog
- Extinct wildlife species
Origin of World Environment Day:
On June 5th 1972, 113 countries met in the Stockholm Conference and discussed issues like global warming and CFCs for the first time. Thus, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th since 1973 since the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
World Environment day is celebrated annually to spread awareness about the environment and bring about equitable development. Equitable development requires every country irrespective of its size or population to contribute to sustainable development! The theme for this year’s World Environment day is ‘Connecting people to nature’.
Threats to the environment
The biggest threat to the environment is the unsustainable lifestyle which includes excessive carbon footprint, wasting of natural resources, excessive reliance on Non-Renewable sources of energy like coal, petrol, diesel. Thus the theme ‘connecting people to nature’ helps create awareness about how we can use least resources by connecting with nature.
Read my earlier blog on World Wetlands Day- an opportunity to adopt Sustainable Tourism practices
How can we promote sustainable Living
Connecting to nature can involve all the physical senses: why not take off your shoes and get your feet (and hands) dirty; take a hike at night and rely on your ears and nose to experience nature. Hey! don’t just look at the beautiful lake, jump in! Well if you are not as crazy as i want you to be, you can do the following:
- Teach your children- It is important for the future generations to know about sustainable living and how to decrease their carbon footprint on a daily basis.
- Travel sustainably- We all love socializing, don’t we? So better do car pooling than taking your car to office. A nice example that comes to my mind is the ‘Race and Clean Up’ in Kenya where families rode together collecting garbage and learn about WED facts and figures.
- Live sustainably whilst using least natural resources- You could find a suitable Homestay or Bed and Breakfast and relish on the home-cooked food.
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Thus, this World Environment day, let us make an effort to connect with nature like never before!