Just a few days ago, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a global initiative to reduce CO2 emissions in order to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”
With the federal government withdrawing from the agreement, now more than ever its up to businesses and citizens alike to commit to reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. It’s more imperative than ever to support renewable energy initiatives, and companies using renewable energy. Be a smart consumer. Know your brands. Know what they stand for. Terra Vitae blog will be here to introduce you to brands who are committed to environmental sustainability.
Today also happens to be World Environment Day, which is a UN annual global initiative dating back to 1972 to encourage global environmental awareness and protection. Each year there is a different theme and host country. This year’s theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’, which encourages us to go outside and explore nature’s beauty and importance, and to take action to protect the planet.
There are a few things you can do to participate in World Environment Day:
- Be part of the global photo album! Tag your photos and videos of your favorite place with the hastag #WorldEnvironmentDay or #WithNature
- Attend a World Environment Day event, or plan your own! There are events going on in D.C. and Richmond, VA for those local to the DMV area. Click here to find events or register your own.
- Explore your neighborhood and log your observations in the world’s largest scientific database, iNaturalist.
In honor of World Environment Day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite places in nature below. What are your favorites?
Skyline Drive (Shenandoah National Park, VA)
Great Falls National Park, VA
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL