WED A-Z Countdown



A
Act now.
Adopt as many eco-friendly lifestyle choices as you can this WED and make them habits!
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B
Be a vegan once a week (no animal products).
Bring a cloth bag to do all your shopping. But not just for groceries, even on your trips to the mall!
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C
Car-pool or Choose a Hybrid. Hybrid cars produce 90% less pollutants than comparable non-hybrid cars.
Cut your carbon footprint by Changing to energy-efficient bulbs.
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D
Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. You will save as much as 3 gallons every time!
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E
Engage in an environmental activity like school or neighborhood beautification or tree-planting.
Educate your friends on how individual actions can have an exponential impact and motivate action for WED.
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F
Find an unusual insect in your garden. Fewer than 10% of the world’s described species have been assessed to determine their conservation status.
Form a group of peers or colleagues to oversee the greening of your school, neighborhood or workplace with recycling, car=pooling, energy-efficiency)
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G
Grow an organic garden.
Give memberships to an environmental organization or seedlings as birthday gifts.
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H
Host a World Environment Day celebration. Clean up your neighborhood, carpool with friends, have a vegan (no animal products) dinner party! And don’t forget to register your activity on the WED website!
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I
Identify the nature that surrounds you – take note of the beautiful plants and animals that you may not always appreciate.
Improve the insulation of your home – it will really help your energy consumption…and your monthly bills!
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J
Join a local environmental or conservation group. You can team up with those around you and make a real difference for your community.
Jog outside and save the energy you would have used on the treadmill!
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K
Kick the habit! Don’t print unless it’s absolutely necessary. And when you do print – print double-sided!
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L
Learn more about Rwanda, this year’s host country. www.unep.org/wed
Leave a WED legacy. For every action registered on the site, $10 will go towards gorilla conservation in Rwanda.
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M
Mobilize your networks!
Message your friends about WED – facebook, twitter, orkut, SMS, text, phone, email – it doesn’t matter how, just get the word out!
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N
Nominate a WED Hero from your world. Notify us about the great environmental work they’re doing and why they should be a WED Hero.
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O
Optimize the use of your washing machine – use the cold-wash option and significantly save energy and reduce your carbon emissions.
Offset your travel whenever possible – most airlines provide an option to offset your travel when you book your tickets.
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P
Power down! - The International Energy Agency estimates that standby mode could be causing a full 1 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Q
Quantify how much money you could save each winter if you lowered the temperature inside your home by 2 degrees Celsius. It could reduce your energy consumption by 14 per cent!!!
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R
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Register a WED activity at www.unep.org/wed!
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S
Sacrifice something small each month – eat local fruit instead of the imported fruit; do without steak; carpool with co-workers.
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T
Think about your daily routine. Turn out your lights when leaving a room.
Just by making a few small changes you could cut your daily emissions by more than 60 per cent.
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U
Use your common sense!
Understand your options. Learn about the small ways you, as an individual, can make a positive impact on the environment.
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V
Visit the WED website and see how you can get involved! Every year. Everywhere. Everyone.
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W
Whenever possible, it’s a great way to exercise and save energy.
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X
X-plore! Get out into nature and enjoy what the planet has to offer.
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Y
YOU!
You can make a difference – individual actions, when multiplied, can make an exponential difference to the planet!
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Z
Zip around town on your bike, on public transport, or your own two feet. Avoid your car whenever possible – it’s cheaper!
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