World Environment Day

World Environment Day

Every year on June 5th the world celebrates World Environment Day. Why? The goal is to inspire positive change and actions that will benefit our environment. World Environment Day is a platform for us to discover, learn and share ways we can make more mindful choices to preserve our natural world.

See also: More Plants, Less Waste Challenge 

Biodiversity: What is it and why should we care? 

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is biodiversity. Biodiversity is a measure of the variety of all life on earth, from plants to animals to tiny micro-organisms. It includes not just these species themselves, but also the physical habitats they live in and the ways we all interact with each other to form an ecosystem.  

So why does biodiversity matter to us? A healthy, diverse ecosystem can supply humans, animals and plants with crucial resources such as clean water, purified air, and an abundance of food. They benefit our societies with resources for medicines and create raw materials that we use to build our homes and expand our cities. Also, the more varied an ecosystem is, the better equipped it is to recover from unpredictable events such as natural disasters or disease epidemics.  

 According to the Australian Department of Agriculture, two of the main threats to biodiversity in Australia are; 

  • Loss and degradation of habitat 
  • Unsustainable use of natural resources 

What can we do to protect our environment? 

While we can’t control all of the factors that harm biodiversity, we do have the power to reduce our own contributions to these two threats. How? Well, a good place to start is to learn how we can reduce our waste footprint and recycle as much as possible, from soft and hard plastics to metals and e-waste.  

Waste Warriors @ YPRL 

This World Environment Day we want to create a place for inspiration, awareness and connection to the resources and knowledge we all need to take action for the environment. Together we can discover how to reduce our household waste, find new ways to renew our broken or unloved things, and brush up our local council recycling options. Join us in trying the 21-day, zero waste challenge below to get started on your journey to becoming a waste warrior. 

The 21-Day Zero Waste Challenge 

Max La Manna, sustainability advocate and author of the More Plants Less Waste cookbook has created a 21-day challenge full of tips and hacks to help you reduce your plastic use. Read our blog walking you through the challenge day by day here.

You’ll find additional resources, and perfect places to discover even more about our environment below:

World Environment Day 

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 

Australia’s Nature Hub 

Clean Up Australia 

War on Waste

Our Earth ft. David Attenborough

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What would World Environment Day be without a stunning cinematic experience, narrated by the one and only Sir David Attenborough, showcasing the vast beauty of our planet? Celebrate the life and astonishing career of one of the World's most loved natural historians with a biography or documentary series from our collection.

Filmed with remarkable 5k and infra-red technology, these are the challenges, the confrontations, and the triumphs of some of the most extraordinary creatures in the natural world, told from their perspective. This is our planet, as you have never seen it before.

'Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II takes you closer than ever before.' -BBC

Our understanding of ocean life has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new species, new behaviours, and new habitats being discovered at a rapid rate. Blue Planet II is a ground-breaking new look at the richness and variety of underwater life across our planet.

'Action, wonder, and wave after wave of exquisite photography were the keynotes of Blue Planet II.' -DAILY TELEGRAPH

One for the younger fans of David Attenborough. In this children's book, we meet a young boy who loved to collect fossils and plants, and join his journey as he follows a love of science and nature.

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