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  • Marwa Kaabour

World Environment Day 2024: will you join Generation Restoration?

Updated: Jun 15

This year, the World Environment Day theme is set to focus on three important areas: “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience”, and hence contributing to the achievement of UN SDGs 11 & 15.

Did you know that unsustainable practices by individuals and corporations are causing land degradation up to 40%, impacting 3.2 billion people and threatening roughly half of global GDP (US$44 trillion)?

Land restoration, Combating Desertification; Drought Resilience
World Environment Day focuses on Land Restoration


Combatting desertification involves sustainable land management, reforestation, water conservation, soil protection, supportive policies, research aiming to preserve soil health, enhance vegetation cover, conserve water resources.

Land Restoration; Climate Crisis
World Environment Day focuses on Land Restoration

Since 2000, the number and duration of droughts have increased by 29%, and without urgent action, droughts may impact over three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050.

Drought Resilience
World Environment Day focuses on Land Restoration


Here are some tips for people on how to take care of the planet on World Environment Day:

🌳 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Embrace the mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle" in your daily life. Cut down on single-use plastics, recycle whenever possible, and repurpose items instead of throwing them away.

🌊 Conserve Water: Be mindful of your water usage. Fix leaks, take shorter showers, and opt for water-efficient appliances to conserve this precious resource.

🚄 Go Green with Transportation: Reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation whenever possible. 

📗 Choose Sustainable Products: Support eco-friendly brands that prioritize sustainability and ethical production practices. Look for products with minimal packaging, made from recycled materials, or certified as environmentally friendly.

💡 Reduce Energy Consumption: Save energy by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging electronics, using energy-efficient appliances, and maximizing natural light and ventilation in your home.

🏝 Support Conservation Efforts: Donate to organizations working to protect endangered species, preserve natural habitats, and combat climate change. Volunteer your time or participate in local clean-up events to make a difference in your community.

👩‍💻 Educate and Advocate: Stay informed about environmental issues and share your knowledge with others. Advocate for policies and initiatives that promote sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental protection at local, national, and global levels.

🦐 Practice Sustainable Eating: Choose locally sourced, organic, and seasonal foods to reduce your carbon footprint and support sustainable agriculture. Consider reducing your meat consumption or incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet.

🌴 Connect with Nature: Take time to enjoy and appreciate the natural world. Spend time outdoors, go for hikes, picnics, or simply sit in a park and soak in the beauty of nature. Cultivating a connection with the environment fosters a deeper appreciation and commitment to protecting it.

Happy World Environment Day! 💚


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