Let’s thank nature this World Nature Conservation Day!

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On World Nature Conservation Day 2020 let’s take a moment to appreciate all nature does for us – and what we can do for nature!

2020 seems to be a year of change. Surely by now it is clear that only if we live in harmony with nature we can guarantee a healthy and green future for everyone. This should motivate us to protect, restore and conserve our natural heritage, because a healthy environment is key to a healthy and sustainable society.

Every living thing on this planet is part of a beautiful ecosystem that supports its life. We too, are part of this system and it gives us everything we need and more, so let’s appreciate it! Who doesn’t enjoy the air we breathe, jumping in crystal clear water on a hot summer day or making a delicious meal with fresh produce? Exactly. So, in order to keep enjoying all nature has to offer us, we must take care of it the way it takes care of us.

Hence on this World Nature Conservation Day, let us thank nature for everything it does for us, by taking better care of it! You can do so through small changes to your day to day life like:

  • Not using single use plastics
  • Taking public transport or going by bike or foot to get around
  • Buying local, seasonal produce
  • Taking shorter showers

Collectively, even the smallest change makes an impact.

By living in harmony with nature, we can ensure that future generations too get to enjoy all nature has to offer.

Protected Areas and nature conservation

However important our small changes are, there would be no nature conservation without Protected Areas. The nature professionals in these places are working for nature on a daily basis. By doing so, they protect not just nature, but all of us by providing a space for nature to restore and develop in an ever-urbanised Europe. From supporting biodiversity to providing us with essential ecosystem services, Protected Areas are laying the groundwork necessary for humans to survive and nature to thrive.

EUROPARC is dedicated to supporting its members help achieve their nature conservation goals and work together on a sustainable future for Europe. Whether it is through programmes like Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe, our many webinars, transboundary cooperation or by representing our member’s interests in Brussels, we want to create sustainable nature, valued by people.

We cannot survive without nature. It is our past, present and future. During this period of change, we have the power to decide what our future will look like, so let’s shape it together! EUROPARC realises the uncertainty that these times bring, but also the many opportunities it provides us with. This is why, at the now online EUROPARC Conference 2020 “OUR NEW FUTURE: HOW READY ARE WE?” we will look at what skills and capacities Protected Areas need in order to champion these changing times. Join us and let’s create our new future, together.

About World Nature Conservation Day

World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated every year on the 28th of July. Its goal is to raise awareness about the importance of natural resources and encourage sustainable use of all that nature provides us, the so called “ecosystem services”, like:

  • Clean water
  • Fresh air
  • Food
  • Regulation services

By highlighting the connection between ourselves and nature, we are more motivated to take better care of our planet.

Find case studies, publications and news relation to ecosystem services, biodiversity, nature conservation and much more in EUROPARC’s Knowledge Hub.