Today for the United Nation’s World Environment Day, our villagers are joining the voices that are calling to connect people to nature, this year’s theme. Among the festivities, village children are planting seedballs—a mixture of mud along with cow urine and dung to hold and nourish the seeds.
The idea is to foster a direct approach to the way in which human beings and Mother Nature can join together to create a beautiful world. This cooperation comes instead of mankind’s destruction via depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification, and global warming.
Of course, for most village children, seeing plants supply the means by which we feed our bodies is not a surprise. But to actually see their own hands bring plants alive will surely create a lasting positive impact for many of them.
World Environment Day is the largest annual event for positive environmental action. It was inaugurated in 1972 after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, the first international conference on environmental issues. The first day itself took place on June 5, 1974
Since then, people around the world have joined together every year to raise awareness and the political momentum required to address mounting concerns for the health of our world. Events range from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.
The host country for this year’s celebration is Canada, succeeding 2016 host Angola. Canada has chosen the theme “Connecting People to Nature” for 2017, which invites people to enjoy the outdoors and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.