WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 5th JUNE, 2021…

World Environment Day is taking place on 5th June, 2021.

From 4-5 June 2021, the World Environment Day website will broadcast the Virtual Launch Gala welcoming the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration comprising of inspiring messages from world leaders, activists, celebrities, and musical performances as well as Pakistan’s host country programme. The page will be updated as each event takes place with videos and information.

Join the conversation online on all social platforms using the hashtag #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay. All times are listed in Eastern African Time, which is (GMT+3).

Watch the broadcast on this page or here (starting June 4, 16:00 EAT)

Moderated by Saima Mohsin, international TV journalist and correspondent.

REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE.

This is our moment.

We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature.

Let’s get active, not anxious. Let’s be bold, not timid. 

Join #GenerationRestoration

5 WAYS TO REDUCE PLASTIC FOR PLASTIC FREE JULY from A ZERO WASTE LIFE BLOG…

I found this great article on 5 ways to reduce plastic during July on the Creative Impact site.

Charlotte Watkivs co-runs the blog A Zero Waste Life and the not-for-profit Zero Waste in the Community. She has sent virtually no rubbish to landfill in over three years. This journey started when Charlotte and her friend Anna took on a New Years Resolution to live zero waste for a year. This was achieved by reducing their need for single-use items, repurposing and reusing old items, recycling what can’t be reused, and rotting organic waste. They now share what they’ve learnt in workshops and talks.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? These tips should help get you started and encourage you to join Plastic Free July. Once you get into a rhythm with it, it’s really quite addictive!

Quick tips for Plastic Free July

  1. Pick one ‘eco’ switch and do it really well. It’s far better to focus on acing one habit than it is to try and change too many things.
  2. Move your bin! A really simple one, but each time you come to throw something away, you’ll have a mini panic wondering where your bin is, then when you remember, you can work out the best way to reuse or recycle it and even plan if you can buy something in less packaging next time.
  3. Create a Zero Waste kit. We’re all so used to the idea that to start a new hobby or change our lifestyles, we have to buy lots of things. That goes against the idea of Zero Waste, as a lot of resources are needed to make all of these items. Collect reusable items you’ve already got, like a bag, water bottle, fork and so on.
  4. Once you’ve created your Zero Waste Kit, remember to take it out with you! It’s great if you can get into the habit of always having reusable items on hand and remembering to use them and not items made from single-use plastics.
  5. Talk to others about what you’re doing. Share your struggles and successes so you can inspire and learn from others. If you’re struggling to get motivated, join some social media groups. You’ll get inspired to take your next steps and may even find an accountability buddy.

The Creative Impact Group are a collective of individuals using their creative talent to positively impact others and the planet.

The term creatives includes Instagrammers, content creators photographer, writers, coaches, fitness and wellbeing instructors, professionals. People looking to educate, inspire and motivate their audiences to become the best version of themselves.

HYGGE GOING GREENER WITH PAPER BALLOONS AND BUNTING…

We are all aware that going greener is the way to go but which eco switches would you like to make. While all being at home during this Pandemic we are sure many people will be having a birthday and in particular, the younger generation who will feel a little left out without all their friends around. Try swapping plastic balloons for paper and get the children making their own.

You can also buy Japanese paper balloons. Petra Boase has a lovely range including penguins and fish.

Japanese Paper Balloon - Small Orange Fish Japanese Paper Balloon - Penguin

Or go for felt bunting which again you could make yourself or have it personalised. A great site is House of Hooray who has lots of ideas and simple banner flags like below.

If you love having a go yourself but are not quite sure of the sizes etc then head down to Homemade Gifts who have images and tutorials on how to make your own bunting. There is even a tutorial for a no-sew bunting.