Positive Actions for World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day, a day to celebrate and call attention to the positive environmental actions people around the globe take year-round. As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon explains on the event's official Web site, 'Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.'

Everyone counts

World Environment Day is a time for people to celebrate their own successes and those of others. Projects are often locally based and very basic -- the foundation of authentic change. Projects may include something as simple as organizing a street cleanup, promoting the use of reusable bags, planting trees or walking to work. The day recognizes any easy steps individuals take that might in turn have a powerful, cumulative effect.

Power in numbers

When these environmental efforts turn into a celebration, athletic event or a community festival, they can have even more impact and produce more positive results. That is also part of the mission of World Environment Day: to empower people and help them realize that together they can bring about meaningful change.

Whether you involve top celebrities or call on local legends to draw attention to your project, getting a few high-powered names involved always helps. However you get the word out, a detailed plan of action, available at the World Environment Day Web site, will help you tailor your celebration to suit your local project.

Many projects and celebrations are organized around the day's annual theme. In the past, themes have focused attention on protecting and conserving water and forests. Individual projects have been built around those themes, as well. The Web site offers advice on planning an event and helps with the publicity, too.

The day is a good time to involve political systems and put out a call to action. According to the U.N. News Center, people around the world take the opportunity organize green blogging competitions, exhibits, green petitions and nationwide green campaigns.

Tell the world

If you or your organization has a project that is producing good results, don't be shy about sharing it with the world. Registering your project can be a morale booster to your cause. It also lets you see how your small part combines with others around the globe for meaningful impact.

If you want inspiration to begin a positive project to celebrate World Environment Day, visit the official Web site for a range of ideas, from planning festivals and concerts to sponsoring sporting events and flash mobs.

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