WORLD CONSERVATION DAY
Every year on July 28th, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that the foundation for a healthy society is a healthy environment. It’s also a day to increase awareness about the importance of protecting our natural resources.
Our planet’s natural resources consist of air, sunlight, soil, minerals, fuels and water. All of these things are found in nature and used by people. Currently, there are nearly 8 billion people that populate the Earth. This number is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2037. All of these people use the earth’s natural resources every day. Because these resources are getting used up so rapidly, many people are concerned they will become depleted. For this reason, many individuals and organizations stress the importance of conserving our natural resources.
The good news is, there are some simple ways to conserve our natural resources. Take water, for instance. Some scientists say our planet’s water supply will be gone by 2050. One of the easiest ways to conserve water is to use less of it. Taking shorter showers, shutting off the faucet during teeth brushing, and using rainwater for irrigation are all ways to do this.
- Here are some other ways to conserve our natural resources:
- Plant trees to reduce soil erosion
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
- Carpool with co-workers
- Shut off lights when leaving a room
- Go digital instead of printing things on paper
- Volunteer for community cleanups
- Use non-toxic cleaning supplies
- Make your own compost
If everyone does their part, our planet’s natural resources will be available for years to come.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldNatureConservationDay
Many conservation organizations around the world hold a variety of events on this day. These events include workshops and educating the general public on how to conserve natural resources. To participate:
- Think of ways you can conserve natural resources in your home and community.
- Teach your children about the importance of conserving our planet’s natural resources.
- Watch a documentary, such as Yert, A Fierce Green Fire, and The Blue Planet.
- Read about famous nature conservationists like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Sir David Attenborough, and Jane Goodall.
Share your nature conservation ideas and thoughts on social media with #WorldNatureConservationDay.
WORLD NATURE CONSERVATION DAY HISTORY
World Nature Conservation Day began in India by those who were concerned about protecting the Earth’s natural resources. The Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Center in New Delhi promotes the day. The Department of Environment, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and the Government of India sponsor ENVIS. Many countries have joined India in observing this important day for our planet.