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World Environment Day

Restoring ecosystems means protecting their biodiversity and helping them to deliver benefits for people and nature. It means using ecosystems on land and in the oceans in ways that strengthen their natural resources and processes. Actions for restoration can also mean preventing degradation or reducing its extent.

“The world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.” – Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of UN

For World Environment Day on 5 June 2021 and for the SIGBI Day of Action on 17 July 2021, the theme is Climate Change. It is vital that we reduce our carbon footprint. Links and images for Social Media have been provided. There are also some links to lesson plans on Carbon Footprints, which can be forwarded to schools that you are involved with. https://sigbi.org/members/prmarketing/social-media/smtoolkits/

There is work to be done, damages to set right. Together we can achieve the extraordinary. The future matters because that is where we are going to live. The first step in the right direction is when we understand that on this spaceship planet, we are not curious passengers but instead the only crew force.

Soroptimist clubs have been working on their mission in improving the lives of women and girls by emphasising on education, economic security, environmental sustainability, and better health.

The Clubs in order to propagate sustainable environments ingeniously created an Olive Garden created for a Refuge Centre, bees wax wraps for food covers and at another club project, members learnt not only how to make eco-friendly beauty products  but also the varied uses of different essential oils for the skin.

Big changes it is often said start with movement. Joining hands to create an awareness of matters that affect common interests is the best tool to transform. Advocating sustainable environment, and teaching communities to respond appropriately to climatic disasters were carried out through novel methods like street plays and lectures and seminars. Clubs encouraged collection of plastic milk bottle tops for recycling. Students in South West and Channel Islands were empowering people to create eco bricks. Clubs across the 5 Federations made presentations on “Climate Change in Your City” addressed issues like air pollution, waste management and the effects of climate disaster. In our Centenary Year Soroptimists worldwide agreed to give credence to current environmental concerns.

At SIGBI #PlantTrees is a year-long project to mark the centenary. In India, they undertook to focus efforts on the mangroves at Sunderbans. This highly fragile region begs restoration for the forests, as well as rehabilitation of the communities that live therein. The vagaries of climate change and intensity each time make a compelling tale. Many clubs decided to focus on the centenary theme of planting trees by partnering with local clubs, authorities and friendship link clubs to encourage planting trees and shrubs, sometimes even in the memory of a loved one.

Some clubs undertook the Miyawaki Japanese technique of ecological engineering to restore native dense forests.

The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration”. This restoration can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coasts. Soroptimists encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

On this World Environment Day, you can take action and embrace the three pathways to join the movement. Your time starts now…

COP26 is the Conference of Parties (COP26) coming up in Glasgow in Nov 2021. Countries that agreed to abide by the United Nations framework convention on climate change will attend. Soroptimist International is partaking to indorse its commitment to restoration

As Soroptimists we believe in the power of our voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women at Work – Restoring the Mangroves at Sunderbans

Anitha Rajarajan
APD Planet