June 5th is World Environment Day – the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach celebrated by over a million people in well over 100 countries.
This year’s World Environment Day is hosted by Canada, with the theme of Connecting People to Nature. By celebrating World Environment Day surrounded by nature, Canadians can rediscover the importance of caring for the environment so that it can care for us. Enjoy your time outdoors at the place that matters most to you; spend the day in a park, whether it’s in your neighbourhood or one of our picturesque provincial or national parks. If you can’t take the day off, why not bike to work, take a walk at lunchtime, or pick up some trash.
Share your favourite moments – photos and stories – with the whole global community using #WorldEnvironmentDay. Make a date #WithNature - register or attend an event and join the global celebration! http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/en
World Environment Day is also a great day to reconsider your purchasing decisions – do you shop with the environment in mind? Buy local and organic food in minimal packaging when possible, and look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on products that come from further afield, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar and bananas.
Hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers supply around 80% of the food consumed in the world. These aren’t large industrial farms, but smallholders working within their own natural environments. Only those who are part of the Fairtrade system are governed by strict standards, which include requirements for environmentally sound agricultural practices. The focus areas are: minimized and safe use of agrochemicals, proper and safe management of waste, maintenance of soil fertility and water resources and no use of genetically modified organisms. Fairtrade standards do not require organic certification as part of its requirements. However, organic production is promoted and is rewarded by higher Fairtrade Minimum Prices for organically grown products. Fairtrade farmers also receive training on how to be resilient to climate change, crop diversification and other ecologically sensitive topics.
Fairtrade farmers and workers connect you #WithNature in the Global South by growing products you can enjoy every day.