Friday June 5th, 2015 is recognized as World Environment Day by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The goal of World Environment Day is to create global awareness of “unsustainable” consumption levels and how to better conserve our resources for future generations. According to UNEP, “Today the human race consumes resources the equivalent of 1.5 planets. This means it now takes one year and six months for the Earth to regenerate what we use in a year.” UNEP also offers steps you can take to change your daily consumption levels.
Several parks and outdoor areas are planning events to commemorate this day, providing resources and fun to learn more about conservation, including the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Sand Ridge Nature Center. Check into your local park districts to see if there are any events going on in your area. If you would rather learn more about conservation in the comfort of your own home, check out some of the PSC resources below.