World Environment Day: Connecting people to nature

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.

An apt quote by Henry David Thoreau on the occasion of World Environment Day
An apt quote by Henry David Thoreau on the occasion of World Environment Day

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’.

Help the Mother Earth! BnBNation
Help the Mother Earth!

Read my blog on International Biodiversity day: Tips to promote Sustainable Tourism

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Live sustainably whilst using least natural resources- You could find a suitable Homestay or Bed and Breakfast and relish on the home-cooked food.
    Where to stay in India: 3 reasons why BnB is a better option than a hotel

Thus, this World Environment day, let us make an effort to connect with nature like never before!

31 thoughts on “World Environment Day: Connecting people to nature”

  1. I think you are right that we all need to think about what sort of world are we going to leave behind for our future generations. If more travelers – heck, if more world leaders did that, the world would be a better place.

  2. Yup, in this day and age, connecting people to nature should be easier. Given the advanced technology we now have, we should now take on the responsibility of giving back to nature even in our own simple way. It’s the only place we have and we should take the initiative to take care of it.

  3. Agree! Tha point of traveling is to get away, so it’s not fair for the rest when we are getting away, we are trashing their place. We are just a guest,need to respect that.

  4. Wow…with so many issues nowadays including politics, terrorism, economic crisis,,,this post reminds me to be aware as well to what’s happening to our environment where we live… I still hope that we will have a better world to live in…

  5. I agree that everyone should think more about how they are affecting the world and really like your suggestions how we as travellers can lower our impact. Cozy homestays are the best anyway. 🙂

  6. An excellent Blog, as usual by Ambuj Saxena who takes out time to educate new genera6about current issues. Heritage of a nation means to receive cultural and traditional values from old generation and pass on same if no value addition made to new generation. Same is case of ensuring sustainability of environment. In today’s scenario, travelling is also ‘responsible’ and ‘advocacy type’ as some groups help poor countries in Africa etc.Many rich tourists from Western countries wish to stay in hosted accomodation and mingle with locals to understand traditional, cultural and ecological activities adopted by natives. So, home stays/BnBs may have tremendous potential. India, with 5000 years of civilisation is in good position to contribute towards solving environmental issues.

  7. Thinking and acting about the environment is the need of the hour. All stakeholders across the world need to unite together to protect our environment. We as travelers can also contribute our mite towards this, by ensuring we leave the places that we visit as clean if not cleaner than when we visited.

  8. I am soo glad to read there are continued efforts/pursuits in doing something for our environment. We have to really act now more than ever. I didn’t care much before but when I started to travel, I was able to appreciate deeply Mother Nature. I hope everyone will be able to do something for her – even with small things.

    1. Hi Arrianne, Small things make a big difference! As Mahatma Gandhi, once said, “What we do is just a drop in the ocean but the ocean would be incomplete without that drop”

  9. I agree so much in the fact that one of the most important aspects that affect tourism is Environment. It is something that would flick the little switch in you to visit the place. Based on my experience, no matter how beautiful the place is, once it is already visited by thousands of people, you will see traces of destruction. That is too sad but it is true. There must be a step to be done by all of the people of the world to help Mother Earth.

  10. Thanks for this wise reminder! We should definitely increase awareness about the importance of respecting the nature, particularly as travel bloggers!

  11. It’s great the way you are raising awareness on world environment day. However, what I feel is now the state of natural resources in the world is so bad, particularly in developing countries, that we need to have this awareness every single day and act fast to save our beautiful world

  12. What a timely post for World Environment Day. The quote by Henry David Thoreau really resonates with me. I agree about travelling sustainably and I like to use public transport when on holiday as much as I can

  13. It’s a good thing that you mentioned this, because many people are still ignorant and believe that climate change is not true. I honestly don’t know where they got their ideas, or which cave they are living in. What I hope is that more information like this will get out so people would be made aware of what is going on and how they can help preserve the environment.

  14. This is so true! I actually recently started watching a documentary on the different causes of emission gasses and it’s really depressing to see how we’re destroying the environment. Great tips!

  15. It’s so important these days to consider the impact we’re having on the world. The impact we’ve already had is evident and not in a good way. What an important day but we should be working to be more caring toward the world every day.

  16. People need to read this and realize what they are doing to our beautiful world. Thanks for sharing this post! Very inspiring!

  17. Great post! Nice to know there are some people trying to spread this. Everyone should see the importance of taking care of our environment 😊

  18. This is such an important topic and one that needs more attention. I grew up in Japan and from a young age recycling and conserving energy has been a huge part of my life at home, school, and in the public. We still have a long way to go in taking steps to protecting the environment, but I’m glad we are recognizing the importance of it.

  19. We absolutely do need to think about the world that we’re leaving future generations. It can be difficult as a traveler to try to decrease our carbon footprint, but there definitely are ways, like staying in a Homestay or BNB.

  20. That burning picture of the globe..that speaks volumes. I am so happy you have compiled a post for the awareness of people. It’s high time we join hands to preserve and save our beautiful nature

  21. Wow! Nice inspiring post with a great lesson. I loved the quote by Thoreau. Actually, its high time and we all should start making small small efforts to save our mother nature. We travelers should take a pledge to leave the places clean wherever we visit. A small change at times make a huge difference.

  22. Indeed an admirable post. It shows you care so much about mother earth. I like the idea of bed and breakfast because they serve really home made cooked foods filled with so much love and not using some harmful ingredients. We should all be responsible human beings and learn to care about our environment whether we’re traveling or not. xx

  23. It’s nice that you share these kinds of articles and make us realize that little things can really make a big difference in saving nature 🙂

  24. Totally agree Ambuj. We must be responsible travelers and more importantly, leave that legacy via the young. Thanks for the post

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