This Sunday, 5th March, is World Environment Day, or WED. WED was started by the United Nations in 1972 with the slogan, “Only One Earth,” and is a day for people to reflect on their own impact on the environment, and what action they can take to combat threats to environment. This year’s theme is Go Wild For Life – Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
Here’s what the United Nation’s WED website has to say about the theme for 2016:
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecoystems, fuelling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe. (…)
Huge efforts to counter the illicit trade – including stronger policies, awareness campaigns and investments in community conservation and law enforcement – have scored some great successes. However, many species remain at risk and it will take a dedicated and sustained effort by each and every one of us to turn the tide. (…)
This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations. This can be about animals or plants that are threatened within your local area as well as at the national or global level – many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction! Whoever you are, and wherever you live, show zero-tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife in word and deed, and make a difference.
For ideas on how you can take action for WED, head to: www.wed2016.com/content/what-you-can-do
Download some prayers for WED here: click here.
For more information on WED, visit the WED website, at www.wed2016.com, or climatechangeforgood.com.au/2016/05/14/world-Environment-day/2016.
Global Laudato Si’ Week is another event in June that encourages people to reflect and take action for the sake of the environment. This will be happening during the 12th – 19th June, one year after the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on 18th June last year. According to the Global Catholic Climate Movement,
Laudato Si’ Week will be a major international celebration to reflect on the Laudato Si’ message and take action to bring it to life.
During Laudato Si Week, parishes and communities around the globe will celebrate the encyclical’s 1st anniversary through events of reflection, inspiration, and transformative action.
To find Laudato Si’ Week events near you, head to the website, at: laudatosiweek.org.
In the spirit of Laudato Si’ and World Environment Day, we encourage you to watch this beuatiful tribute to Mother Nature from Asia’s Got Talent: