Shangoni – For the Earth


On the July 28th we celebrate World Nature Conservation Day. This day is important as it raises awareness about the importance of protecting our natural resources on which humans are dependent.

The United Nations recognises serious environmental challenges, including climate change, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and pollution that can negatively affect biodiversity.

World Nature Conservation Day encourages people worldwide to protect the environment and promote sustainable practices.

Saving plants and animals that face the threat of extinction is one of the primary goals of World Nature Conservation Day. Also, the celebrations emphasise keeping the various components of nature such as flora, fauna, energy resources, soil, water, and air intact. In addition, World Nature Conservation Day underlines the need for preserving the environment for future generations. We are therefore tasked with the need to leave a healthy planet for future generations.

What activities can you do to make a difference on World Nature Conservation Day?

  • Make your own compost

Composting is something that will give your children valuable lessons on how the environment makes life sustainable. This can be done at home in your garden instead of throwing away kitchen scraps (fruit and vegetable peels) use these to make your very own compost heap. This can be used in your garden to add nutrients into the soil that would otherwise have been lost.

  • Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials

This will attract birds to your garden and you can sit back and enjoy watching them from the comfort of your own home.

  • Take a census of garden bugs

Have you ever noticed how many bugs you have in your garden. Earthworms are a great for soil aeration and promotes plant growth.

  • Plant indigenous species in your garden

By planting a variety of indigenous plants in your garden you will attract more bird species. For example Aloes are a very important food source to many birds, providing nectar to Sunbirds, Orioles, Bulbuls and other birds; many birds also eat the flowers. Larger plants also favoured for nesting sites.

So, what are you going to do to celebrate World Nature Conservation Day.