What is World Environment Day?

You might be asking yourself when is World Environment Day Celebrated and what is it? World Environment Day was established by the United Nations on June 5th 1974, the day was created due to a raising awareness of the damage that day to day living was causing to the o-zone layer and the warming up of the planet. This year, the theme is land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience—an urgent appeal to heal our earth from the ground up.

Why is World Environment Day Important?

Occupying just three percent of the Earth's land surface, cities are home to more than half of the world’s population. Yet, these urban areas account for a staggering 75 percent of global resources and where energy is used, producing over half of the world's waste and at least 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

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More than one-third of the largest global cities, like Barcelona, Bogota, New York, and Tokyo, get a considerable portion of their drinking water from nearby protected forests. The relationship between urban areas and their surrounding natural environments are tied to one another.

What Can I Do for World Environment Day?

While the scale of environmental challenges may seem really daunting, the solutions can start at our doorstep! Our gardens can become sanctuaries for birds, bees and bugs. Planting trees and shrubs in our gardens is not just important for looking good, it's also a really important step towards helping our planet grow.

Trees in urban and suburban areas offer lots of benefits. They can cool the air by up to 5°C, reducing the need for air conditioning by 25 percent! They also cleanse the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and reduce flooding risks. By doing this we can turn our gardens into mini-ecosystems.

At Tree2mydoor, we believe in green gifts that carry meaning and purpose. Whether you are looking for birthday gifts, anniversary gifts or memorial gifts. It is one small change that can help the environment. Traditional gifts often come with a hidden cost—excessive power and petrol use for creation and transportation, resulting in a big carbon footprint. Green and living gifts, on the other hand, are symbols of life and growth, ensuring that our celebrations do not become part of the problem.

Gifting a tree means that not only will your gift grow and thrive, it will also live on offering shade, beauty, and ecological benefits for years to come. Each tree planted is a small step towards helping climate change, each gift a commitment to a healthier planet. By choosing green gifts, we not only express our love and gratitude in a truly meaningful way, but we are also inspiring others to gift more consciously going forward.

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As we celebrate World Environment Day, let us embrace the theme of land restoration by making small yet impactful changes in our own gardens. Here are some simple steps to get started:

Plant Native Trees and Shrubs: Native trees and living plants are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, they often require less water and are very low-maintenance. They provide food and habitat for local wildlife, enhancing biodiversity in the garden of your loved one.

Compost Organic Waste: You can turn kitchen scraps and garden clippings into nutrient-rich compost. This reduces landfill waste and enriches your garden soil naturally. You can purchase a compost bin from your local garden centre to get started!

Encourage Wildlife in the Garden: Research, plant and gift flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. These tiny creatures play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

For more information on green gifting and how you can start sending your living gifts, visit our tree gifts and garden plants gifts to explore our range of sustainable gifts.