June 5th has been honoured and celebrated as the World Environment Day since 1974. It has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. The theme for 2021 is Ecosystem Restoration. Next to driving change in national and international environmental policies, it is about focusing on many small daily actions everyone can take: growing trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens or cleaning up trash.
Sometimes we become so passionate about fighting against deforestation, plastic use or loss of biodiversity that we forget a simple fact: we, as humans, are part of the same ecosystem. Sadly many people have lost touch with themselves as well as the nature around them. If we want to restore a system, we need to integrate all parts of it as a whole, ourselves included.
To get you started with your personal restoration project we’ve gathered 10 inspirational steps that will help to recreate the innate bond between your own being and the ecosystems at large. After all, it is said that we can’t truly take care of what we don’t know. So let’s get intimate with the Earth.