World Nature Conservation Day
annually on July 28th
People come together to support nature on World Nature Conservation Day. The day is observed "to increase awareness about protecting the natural resources and to make people understand about the importance of the conservation of nature." It "recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society," and it "ensures the well-being of present and future generations." It encourages all to participate in the protection, conservation, and sustainable management of natural resources.
Conservation means wise management and use of natural resources—something that is needed for human survival. Examples of natural resources include water, soil, air, trees, minerals, gas, food, and animals. Some threats to natural resources are deforestation, too much industrial development, pollution, and illegal wildlife trading. Global warming, diseases, natural disasters, the melting of freshwater glaciers, and rising sea levels are all examples of a natural imbalance. On World Nature Conservation Day, these ills are battled by raising awareness and by contributions to local, national and global conservation efforts.
How to Observe
The aim of the day is to work to conserve nature on a local, national, and global scale so that the world is a more habitable place for present and future generations. The following are some ideas on how to spend the day:
- Let others know about the holiday and about the importance of the conservation of nature.
- Support a conservation organization by becoming a member or by donating money.
- Work to conserve in your own life: recycle, refrain from littering, use less water and electricity, plant trees, grow vegetables, and keep your vehicle tuned up. There are many ways to help.
- Watch a documentary that deals with the environment.
- Read a book that explores nature conservation.