WORLD  ENVIRONMENT  DAY
5 June 2015
Jun 2015

BIRD FEEDER and SQUATTERS

Bird feeder in the garden in 2001 with loeries

I have been feeding wild birds for 40+ years, because I like to attract a variety of birds to my home. Unfortunately, their natural habitat is being destroyed by urban expansion. Some of the new developments plant trees, but this can never make up for all that is lost to tar and concrete.

Over the years, I have watched the number of birds decline. I used to see 5 to 10 grey Loerie birds, at one time, at the feeding station. Nowadays, I hardly ever see even one. I am now plagued by “flying rats” (feral pigeons) who squat at the feeder.

UNEP World Environment Day 2015 logo and slogan

What can you do at your company?

Planting of trees is always a good thing, but we need to reach more people, especially the next generation. We have to influence the younger ones and how they feel about the environment. One way to do this is to sponsor a competition for the kids at the schools in your area and / or the kids of your employees. Ask them to write a slogan or short paragraph of WHY and HOW we can “Save the World”.  UNEP has a list of ideas, from A to Z.

Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.
— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

So, even if you haven’t organized an activity for today, then Just Do Something later.   You can use my  “Do One Safety Thing Every Month”  concept:  pick out suitable ideas from the UNEP list  and set up a  “Do One Environmental Thing Every Month”  program.

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