Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June, engaging governments, businesses and communities to focus on pressing environmental issues.
This year’s theme is biodiversity, which is an urgent concern. Healthy ecosystems, rich with biodiversity, are fundamental to human existence. Recent bushfires in Australia and the Amazon rainforests, locust infestations in East Africa – and now a global pandemic – show just how interconnected our world is, and how much we depend on its health.
Creating a positive change takes a global effort, from the smallest actions of individuals to those taken by local communities, schools, universities, businesses and world governments.
VU is building a community that is committed and contributing to place-based planetary health initiatives through research, learning and teaching, and the way we engage with our communities and each other.
Here are five ways you can help reverse the trends of biodiversity loss and reimagine our relationship with nature.