Today is World Environment Day.
This year’s theme, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, implores us to get outdoors. To appreciate nature’s beauty and to think about how we interact with and depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.
To celebrate, we’ll be releasing a short film later this week to remind ourselves just how much children get out of the great outdoors. Remember your first ski holiday, or the look on your kid’s face when he or she built their first snowman. When they whizzed down their first slope? These moments are priceless – let’s keep them that way for future generations.
And here are some ideas for how you can celebrate World Environment Day:
(Yes, we know half-term is only just over and it’s a Monday, so if today is a stretch, plan something over the weekend instead):
- Get outside. Take the kids to the park to feed the ducks, maybe pick up some litter on the way. Use the opportunity to talk your kids about the environment (there are some great child-friendly resources out there) and set yourself nature challenges such as naming three types of trees or plants
- Get active. cycling, hiking, running, or just kicking a football around the park. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors that don’t cost a penny. So put the smartphones and iPads away and make the most of nature’s playground
- Get planting. Kids love getting their hands dirty and being part of something creative. If you live in the city and don’t have a garden, why not do your bit to green the urban environment by planting a window box?
- Get creative. Take photos or get the kids to draw their favourite nature scenes. Share your photos and videos onto the World Environment Global Album. If your children are a little older, encourage them to start a scrapbook and learn about the environment, or contribute to a science project with the app iNaturalist.
Join us, become a POW UK Winter Warrior. Watch this space for more information and resources. In the meantime, focus on the little things. Educate yourself on climate change, make changes to reduce your carbon footprint (ditch the car and walk or cycle, eat less meat, recycle), and share your knowledge with the kids and friends. Most of all, take the time to appreciate nature and mother earth. She’s the only one we’ve got!