TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIONS TO SAVE OUR ONLY ONE EARTH
In the universe are billions of galaxies, In our galaxy are billions of planets, But there is #OnlyOneEarth. Let’s take care of it.
Such a powerful message for World Environment Day 2022, celebrated on June 5. The #OneEarth campaign, the former slogan of the 1972 Stockholm conference “One Earth” is as meaningful today 50 years later: this planet is our only home.
This is a strong planetary SOS through a call to action for environmental transformation from authorities to individuals. Every action, no matter how small, can make a huge difference!
The campaign encourages everyone to take transformative action to solve one or more components of the triple planetary emergency: climate change, biodiversity and natural resource loss, pollution, and waste. The only way out of this impasse is to move from destroying to healing the world.
What are those transformative environmental actions that can be taken to save our Only One Earth? Let’s have a closer look at this blog article.
1. CALL TO ACTION FOR GOVERNMENTS
World Environment Day is an excellent opportunity for world leaders and governments to increase their commitments to sustainability, reform their operations, and put in place regulations that will enable everyone to solve the triple global problem by leading from the top.
Governments are the primary drivers of sustainability at all levels: global, national and regional. How governments spend public money creates market demand and sets an example. A first option would be for them to sign on to the Paris Agreement, fund it, and implement it at the national level.
Another action could be to end fossil fuel subsidies to phase them out. Governments are also encouraged to implement policies that promote renewable energy use and energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are various ways to clean up the air and water through pollution control measures, such as plastic bans and waste management systems among others.
2. CALL TO ACTION FOR CITIES AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Local and regional governments are at the forefront of the response to the triple global catastrophe, as cities bear the brunt. Cities and local governments and their leaders are seizing the opportunity to create future settlements that are both environmentally and socially sustainable. They can lead from the top by locking in low emissions for generations to come.
Sustainable cities can provide habitat for biodiversity, mitigate hazards such as heatwaves and floods, make cities more livable, restore urban ecosystems and put nature to work for sustainable development in areas such as urban wetlands and green corridors. They can ensure that all local government finances, including pensions, savings and insurance, are held in portfolios that support sustainable initiatives that do not harm the climate, human health or nature.
They can ensure that everyone has access to clean water and sanitation to reduce pollution of waterways and ecosystems inside and outside cities, as well as prevent disease. Another key action could be to collect, sort and safely dispose of waste to conserve land and water while encouraging individuals and businesses to reduce waste and recycle.
3. CALL TO ACTION FOR BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES
Businesses and industries can design an economy that will meet our long-term needs. We need a circular economy that can grow with fewer resources and prioritize sustainability. Companies that ignore environmental, social and governance issues will be outpaced by their competitors or innovative start-ups. Business leaders can join the UN’s “Caring for Climate” initiative and improve their commitment to preventing and adapting to climate catastrophe.
There are many initiatives companies implement to help change our food systems and empower people to make more sustainable decisions to develop a green business strategy that prioritizes sustainability and reduces environmental impact. They might as well consider programs to collect, remanufacture, repurpose or recycle materials at the end of their useful life. They can create new business models and new products and services that value reparability and long-life cycles.
4. CALL TO ACTION FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
While our individual consumption decisions certainly have an impact, it is collective action that will lead to the dramatic environmental change we need to move toward a more sustainable and just world where everyone can thrive.
Civil society organizations can help stimulate and amplify the action. They not only identify and prioritize impactful environmental issues, such as climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution and environmental degradation but also create awareness campaigns, movements and activities to act and contribute to change.
Joining forces represents joining a broader initiative on global emergencies to pool knowledge and resources and build momentum to transform the relationship between people and nature.
In addition, they lead by example by taking initiatives to minimize environmental impact and encourage other members to reduce their ecological footprint without waiting for government action alone.
5. CALL TO ACTION FOR INDIVIDUALS
Individual decisions determine how our societies affect the environment as citizens, employees, students, consumers and in a variety of other roles. As individuals, we can push for and support a faster and deeper environmental change from large entities, in addition to making our personal lives more sustainable.
We can start by speaking out for major reforms that will fundamentally change our relationship with the planet by advocating for change through conversations, outreach, petitions, debates, and, why not, by highlighting it on your social media. You can also encourage your government, national or local initiatives. Make sure you live a low carbon, zero waste lifestyle and instead practice reuse, reduce and recycle in your daily consumption habits. Encourage, lobby, and support your state and local governments, as well as businesses, to take action to improve air quality by addressing pollution sources. It starts with you!
At sustainable living, we have always encouraged sustainable action, from the smallest individual action to collective action, and we sincerely aspire to contribute, through awareness, to transformative action!
This list is not exhaustive and we are confident that all of you have an ocean of possibilities for transformative action to save our #OnlyOneHome!
Sustainably yours, Happy World Environment Day.