Today is World Environment Day, and while we wholeheartedly encourage you to get the ball rolling with a post on social media along with a hashtag (we hear #NationalEnvironmentDay and #ForNature are good ones), there are also plenty of other ways to give the one and only Mother Nature a big ol’ high five.
Here are the best things to do this World Environment Day.
If your Google search yielded results far too overwhelming, head on over to the official World Environment Day website and get yourself across the basics, like this year’s theme of biodiversity, and why biodiversity and the environment are inherently linked and imperative to one and other’s survival. There’s also a hefty deep dive into how you can do your part on a global scale here.
Reinstate Your Reusable Coffee Cup
Those single-use coffee cups that seem to be made of paper are, for the most part, not recyclable because they’re often lined with polyurethane. It’s deadly stuff in the long term that’ll leak methane gas when in landfill.
Your reusable mug has probably taken a back seat in your daily routine during lockdown, but now is the time to put it back into use considering restrictions are easing. Check out the responsible cafes in your area employing the contactless coffee method.
Plant Some Native Flora For The Bees
You’ve heard it all before, but bees play a big part in keeping the world’s wheels turning. Their numbers are dwindling drastically across the globe which can be partly attributed to their habitats being destroyed. If you’ve got the space, start planting some native flora and let our fuzzy little mates get to work.
Shop Sustainable Fashion
We’ve been crushing on the work of social enterprise and label HoMie for a while now, who has recently collaborated with Champion to upcycle their excess materials to create the REBORN collection. Drop 2 is coming soon, so keep a watchful eye on Homie’s website to cop a piece—look good. Do good. It’s simple, really.
There’s also a full gamut of brands and labels doing their part to lessen the impact that fast fashion has on the environment, which you can find over at Ethical Clothing Australia.
Learn How To Go Plastic Free
This one won’t happen overnight, but you can begin your journey to becoming a plastic-free citizen of the world right now. Simple things like using reusable containers when shopping is a great start, just as supporting sustainable grocery stores like GRAM is, too. You can also get a sizeable head start on your anti-plastic quest with this go-to guide, which covers off strategies that’ll reduce your impact through everyday life.
On Ya Bike, Mate
We all know it, but those exhaust fumes really are no good for the environment. Every time you drive, your car is spitting out carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases up and into the atmosphere. There will of course be times where taking to the wheel is necessary, but consider taking the pushbike out for a spin when possible.
In case you forgot, going for a ride is also a helluva lot of fun. If you happen to be in Victoria, it’s worth checking out these trails.
Grow Your Own Produce
Get out your green thumb and give your garden some love. A trip to your local nursery should have you on the right track, but those who are still making the most of isolation can get their seedlings delivered to their door.
No garden? No worries. Start lessening excessive consumption at a local level and get yourself to a community garden and start tending to your crops. Community gardens exist in and around most major cities in Australia and New Zealand; just give your council a bell to find out where they are or take a look at Melbourne’s, Gold Coast’s and Auckland’s community gardens right now.
Donate To The Australian Wildlife Conservancy
The theme is biodiversity, so it would make sense to show the Australian Wildlife Conservancy that you care. This year’s World Environment Day also serves as a timely reminder that our native fauna needs our help more than ever following the bushfires earlier this year—donate here.
Give Your Bathroom An Eco-Friendly Overhaul
Health and beauty products can be harmful to not only yourself, but the environment too. Swap out those facemasks and fragrances for their eco-friendly counterparts and you’ll feel better about yourself in more ways than one.
Deodorant is another major culprit here, with many full of harmful chemicals. Switch out yours for one of the many natural options available.
Contact The Government
Best to think of this one as a friendly follow up email. Contact our government and remind them it’s important we stick to our environmental targets, like reducing our emissions by 26% to 28% by 2030.
Start composting your relevant waste at home and you’ll be lessening your contribution to landfill, and therefore reducing those nasty methane emissions. You can also use it to feed your garden and native flora you planted earlier for the bees—what a cycle, right?
Check out other ways you can make a difference over at our Sustainability section.