What Is World Environment Day For?

SUSU is one of the most famous and important universities in the South Ural. SUSU can give future scientists lots of opportunities to carry out research in different fields of science. It has 3 strategic research directions and one of them is ecology.

In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). The first celebration took place in 1974 under the slogan “Only One Earth”. During all these years WED has developed as a platform that constantly raises the awareness of the world on the problems facing our environment such as air pollution, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, food security, and many others. Furthermore, WED helps drive change in consumption patterns and environmental policy at different levels.

Every year the UN gives a theme for the holiday. The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystem restoration can take many forms: growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coasts. This is the generation that can make peace with nature. The Day will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

As today's students are tomorrow's leaders, it is important for youth to learn about how to protect the environment. Implementing different projects is an educational and fun way to be proactive in terms of the environment. Students have a crucial role to play to help save the environment. While giving priority to classes, examinations, and busy schedules, they should also take steps to become custodians of the environment.

To help the environment and to ensure clean university grounds, volunteers or administrative staff usually host clean-up days. A clean-up day involves picking up litter on the sports ground, removing trash on the campus, and picking up trash on nearby roads and sidewalks. Landscaping projects, such as pulling weeds in flower beds outside of the building, are also part of the clean-up day.

It is all the more important as responsible habits established in the early phase of life tend to stick with us for a long time. They should aim at saving the Earth’s natural resources. Then only it can meet our demands to help us live with enough light, water, heat and food.

South Ural State University is a home for students from 58 countries. They keep their traditions and share them with other people. Three years ago, especially in Sri Lankan New Year for Sri Lankan culture and traditions, lots of SUSU students (Sri Lankan, Indian, most South Asian) went together and did an environmental cleaning project.

On New Year’s Eve people should do general cleaning of the house. As Sigma is our Russian home we decided to clean it to thank nature for the clean air and water. We love SUSU and want it to be beautiful. What we do is more like “subbotnik” in Russian. We decided to continue it every year and do it in April or May.  We choose areas around the university and out of the city also. Last year we went to Kopeisk orphan house and did a lot of activities for the kids and did cleaning around the house. We collected plastic bags and plastic bottles”, shares Uvindu Wijeweera, the President of the SUSU Association of International Students and Alumni.

We all need to imbibe respect for Mother Nature as it gives us everything we need to lead a happy, healthy existence. Alas, we have forgotten to have gratitude for what Nature has given us. So, instead of spending too much time watching TV or playing indoors, let’s spend more and more of your time in the lap of Nature. There are many great things that you can do outside like playing a sport, taking your dog for a walk, going to the beach or planning an outdoor game with the neighborhood kids. You’ll feel great playing out in the fresh air without causing any damage to the environment.


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