Conservation and preservation are fairly similar terms, yet while they both aim to safeguard the environment, they go about it in different ways. Conservation aims to allow humans to utilize nature in a sustainable way, such as for hunting, logging, or mining, whereas preservation aims to safeguard nature from human use. Protecting and conserving our natural resources is integral to our very existence and let’s honour that sentiment on World Nature Conservation Day by acknowledging its importance and how we can contribute towards nature’s preservation!
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World Nature Conservation Day
Every year on July 28, Nature Conservation Day is observed to emphasize that a healthy environment is a foundation for a stable and healthy society. Air, minerals, plants, land, water, and animals are among Earth’s natural resources, and the need to preserve these elements is essential.
|Name of Day (Event)||World Nature Conservation Day (WNCD)|
|Also Called||विश्व प्रकृति संरक्षण दिवस|
|Name of Organisation||United Nations General Assembly|
|Observed by||UN Members|
|Awareness Programs||Climate Change Campaigns|
|Observed on||July 28|
|Celebration Location||All-Around World|
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Significance of the World Conservation Day
The primary goal of World Nature Conservation Day is to save the animals and plants that are on the verge of extinction in the Earth’s natural ecosystem. Resource conservation is critical to the protection of our mother Earth. The earth’s natural beauty may be preserved through preserving different natural components such as water, air, soil, energy, flora, minerals, fauna, and so on.
World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is a basis for a stable and productive society and that we must all work together to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources in order to maintain the well-being of current and future generations.
History of the World Nature Conservation Day
World Nature Conservation Day’s roots and history are unknown, but the main purpose of honouring it on July 28 is to bring people together to conserve nature rather than exploit it. The proper management and use of natural resources is what nature conservation is all about. As we all know, natural imbalances are causing a slew of issues, including global warming, various diseases, natural disasters, rising temperatures, and so on.
Natural resource conservation is becoming more widely recognized. The importance of a healthy environment as a path to sustainable development is highlighted on World Nature Conservation Day on July 28. The day serves to raise awareness about the need of following best practices in order to conserve our natural resources.
Indian Government Initiatives
Below are some of the steps/programs initiated by the government of India to conserve natural resources:
- National Wetland Conservation Program
- Mangroves for the Future
- Nagar Vahan Udyan Scheme
- Project Tiger
- Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
- Crocodile Conservation Project
- UNDP Sea Turtle Project
- Project Elephant
The following are important acts passed by the Indian government to protect the environment and biodiversity:
- Fisheries Act 1897
- Indian Forests Act 1927
- Mining And Mineral Development Regulation Act 1957
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1960
- Wildlife Protection Act 1972
- Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974
- Forest Conservation Act 1980
- Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981
- Environment Protection Act 1986
- Biological Diversity Act 2002
- Wetland Conservation and management rules 2010
How Can We Contribute to World Conservation Day?
You don’t need to take out a loan or approach a money lender or investment. Simple everyday actions are one method to protect nature. You may make a huge impact in your house by taking modest but important actions with your family.
Below, we discuss some of the ways you can contribute to this World Conservation Day:
Reusable Straws and Water Bottles
Invest in recyclable alternatives such as bamboo, metal, BPA-free, glass, stainless steel, or copper instead of the ocean’s worst enemy, plastic straws. You may also try recycling the paper you have laying around the house. When you need to take notes, use one side of your newspaper. Instead of using paper tissues, use hand towels.
Start a Long Term Diet
What does a meal have to do with environmental protection? They do, however, leave a significant carbon impact if they are not supplied in environmentally sustainable methods. Switch to seasonal and local plant-based items at home to start a new diet. Giving up animal-based meals is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions.
Avoid Single-Use Plastic
It may also be environmentally good to phase out single-use plastic containers. Substitute reusable glass and stainless steel for less environmentally friendly options. Instead of using plastic bags for supermarket shopping, use cloth or paper bags.
Switch to Energy Efficient Appliances
Whenever possible, invest in energy-saving appliances. Switching to LED light bulbs is a good place to start. They use less energy and, more significantly, lower your power cost over time.
Composting is a simple and effective technique to minimize the amount of trash that goes to the landfill while simultaneously improving your backyard garden. Almost any kitchen waste, such as vegetable scraps, eggshells, and tea bags, can be used.
Build a Bird Feeder
The closest thing you can get your hands on to a bird feeder is a milk carton. It’s an activity that kids at home would gladly assist with. The bird feeder may be hung from a tree in your yard or on your balcony.
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We hope you enjoyed our blog on World Nature Conservation Day! Conserving the planet is our collective responsibility, it’s important to take care of our planet as we take care of our homes. So this nature conservation day, celebrate by spreading awareness and making small lifestyle changes that can help sustain our Earth and its beauty! Tell us how you’ll help save the environment in the comments section below. For more such fun and interesting reads, follow Leverage Edu on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.