What can you do to help our environment?
An initiative by the United Nations, hosted annually on 5 June, this year’s theme is reimagine, recreate, restore - focused on protecting our unique ecosystems. We can’t turn back time, but now is the time to grow trees, green our cities, plant in our gardens and clean up our rivers and coasts.
Here’s a short guide on some actions you can take to help our environment, including some of the things our residents have been doing as inspiration!
Take 3: For the sea
Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, rivers or any green area. Know that your small action has made a big impact. So far, the Take 3 campaign has resulted in: -10 million pieces of rubbish removed annually -Participation in 129 countries -More than 500,000 people educated -Join the movement to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.
Stop using single-use plastic bottles
Over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Single-use plastic water bottles are a major source of pollution, clog landfills and require large amounts of energy and water to make and transport. Get yourself a reusable bottle and keep filling it up with water at the many free water stations out and about. Good for the environment and your hydration!
Bin the single use plastic bags
An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used annually worldwide. That’s nearly two million plastic bags every minute. On average, plastic bags are used for a few minutes then thrown ‘away’. Discarded bags undertake a journey to landfills, the environment and the oceans where they pose a major threat to wildlife and other animals. All the shops now have great reusable bags for your shopping for between 10 cents to $1. If you don’t have one already, pick one up today!
Ditch the disposables!
Around 500 billion disposable coffee cups are produced each year. Paper and cardboard coffee cups have a thin plastic lining to prevent liquids leaking, making them difficult to recycle. The lids of disposable coffee cups are made from varying types of single-use plastic and are rarely recycled, they are instead sent to landfill, are burnt or end up in the environment and oceans. We’re a nation of coffee lovers! Grab yourself a reusable Keep Cup or take 5 and enjoy a coffee sitting down in a café.
Support the bees!
Bees are our modern-day canaries in the coal mine. In excess of 336,000 types of plants are pollinated by bees, and the bees contributed to 75 per cent of our food crops. Bees are dying globally at an alarming rate. Bees pollinate one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat. Bee pollination is responsible for 65% of our food diversity. Plant a bee-friendly garden, which means no chemicals or pesticides. Bees need more habitat and a wide variety of plants, from eucalyptus trees to tasty herbs and vegetable. Let your garden go wild!