World Environment Day
Individual actions can't buy us out of the pollution problem.
I am sure almost everyone can recall a time when we just felt better after a few minutes in nature.
It is important to signal to these companies that we want our goods to come from sustainable supply chains, even if it may be at a premium. Yet it is also important to reflect and think about where our goods come from before purchasing more.
Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.
At the MaiTai Maui opening ceremony the mayor of Maui, Alan Arakawa revealed, "I have the easiest job in the world," with a smile, "look around you - it's the most beautiful place on earth." And with that I was inspired to explore his beautiful island.
It is easy to think that one person, or one business, can never make a meaningful difference, and that short-term priorities usually prevail. However that attitude is in itself as unsustainable as the actions that it will precipitate.
We have a great opportunity to shape the future health and wellbeing of our planet and to feed the world's growing population at the same time.
This is the essence of World Environment Day and the idea at the heart of my challenge to the global community -- to "raise your voice, not the sea level."
Today, on this World Environment Day, a day that celebrates all the courageous and positive environmental actions taking place around the world, I stop to reflect on what being an environmentalist means to me.
Around the world, real impact on environmental degradation cannot be achieved without protecting human rights. The issues are inseparable.
That World Environment Day and the Feast Day of St. Boniface, an axe-wielding, tree-chopping Christian saint, fall on the same date seems strangely -- and sadly -- ironic.
What would you do, personally, to defend life on the planet we call home? Would you dedicate your life to the future of life on earth?
World Environment Day is a good time for taking stock but it is also a time to be inspired. There are many people who provide that inspiration and here are just a few I am proud to stand beside.
This Tuesday marks the 40th observance of World Environment Day, a global day for environmental awareness organized by the
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, Forests: Nature at Your Service, underscores the variety of life-sustaining services that forests provide and calls us all to take action to protect these resources and move towards a greener economy.
New research is helping make clear that saving our environment doesn't mean compromising our future. According to one study, protecting rainforests reduces poverty as well as conserving biodiversity.
Tulsi R Tanti is founder, chairman and managing director of Suzlon Limited. Suzlon is the majority shareholder in German
You've probably gotten the flyers from well-meaning green groups urging you to adopt a species. I'm here to say you need to do more. You need to adopt the whole planet.
Our lifestyles, our consumption patterns, the way we use resources, the waste we generate and the way we deal with our waste are all major contributing factors in the degradation of our environment.
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