Today is World Environment Day (WED).
Started in 1972, WED aims to be the largest global day for environmental protection through the efforts of UN. WED events take place all year round but climax on 6 June every year.
This year, the theme for WED is Forests: Nature At Your Service. When you consider 13 million hectares of forests (size of Portugal!) destroyed every year, deforestation is indeed a cause of concern.
WED 2011 emphasizes how individual actions can have an exponential impact. Anyone can organise an event and register on WED website. These activities range from school tree-planting drives to community clean-ups, car-free days, photo competitions on forests, bird-watching trips, city park clean-up initiatives, exhibits, green petitions, nationwide green campaigns and much more.
So what did Singapore do this year in conjunction of WED?
National Environment Agency (NEA) and its partners organised Recycling Week 2011. It aims to raise awareness and engage the public on practising the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Through the 3Rs, we can reduce waste sent to our incineration plants, and thereby reducing incineration ash at Semakau island landfill.
Part of the recycling week event is the E-Waste Take-Back Programme. The public can bring their unwanted their unwanted electronic equipment a swell as small househole electrical appliances to the Recycling Week community outreach event sites on 4 and 11 June 2011.
A more long-term initiative would be the re-labelling of recycling bin labels. Starting with the Pasir Ris-Tampines sector on 1 July 2011, new labels carrying more information on what can or cannot be recycled will be prominently displayed on recycling bins.
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan aims to raise Singapore’s recycling rate from 60 per cent to 70 per cent, within the next 10 years.
Apart from governmental efforts, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves also organised a series of activities like free guided tours to the wetland and free talks. Through the SPROUT programme, you can even adopt and grow baby mangrove saplings at your home and replant them at Sungei Buloh when they are older.
You can see more information on guided nature tours on this WildSingapore site.
As part of WED efforts and Earth Day celebrations, BGO Ecoshop offers limited time discount (till end of June) on all online purchases of our organic and eco products. See our blog post for more information.