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World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated in more than 100 countries each year. Created by the United Nations, WED is meant to encourage awareness of our environment and serves as a call to action to help save our Earth’s resources.

This year, WED falls on June 5. The 2015 theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Our societal beliefs and habits have taken a toll on the natural resources that the Earth provides to us. This theme focuses on creating a healthy, well-managed community and encourages us to learn how to manage our natural resources. 

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We are using up what our ecosystems provide us much quicker than the Earth can replenish these resources. We need to be conscious of the rate of our use as the population grows and as more countries become more economically developed. By 2050, if growth rates remain steady, our planet will reach a total of 9.6 billion people. 

If we continue using resources the way we currently do, that will require three planets to sustain our way of life. We must put a greater focus on living sustainably.

Living sustainably is about living the same way we do now but with less. As countries’ populations grow, so too must a consciousness of what we use, and people need to realize that the natural resource growth rate is not growing with us.

In 2014, WED received 6,437 pledges, and more than 3,000 environmental action activities were registered online. When you add these efforts together, more than 9,700 people/organizations contributed to WED, which was more than triple the participation of the last two years.

Tioga encourages you to participate in World Environment Day 2015. Get a group together to raise environmental awareness. Pick up trash, recycle, use less water when you shower or brush your teeth; there are many small things you can do that can help save our natural resources.