The United Nations designated the first Monday in October as the annual World Habitat Day. This year the days falls on Oct. 4. Since 1985, this important day shines a light on the importance that people across the world have the power and responsibility to shape the future of towns, cities and communities.
This year’s theme is “Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-Free World.”
The idea is to remind citizens of the world about the effects of urbanization and the collective responsibility for the future of human habitats.
Here are some things you can do around your home and in your communities that are eco-friendlier, which is better for the environment and our watersheds:
- Make sure your home is insulated
- Buy energy efficient appliances and unplug things you aren’t using
- Use less water
- Eat fewer animal products, as meat and dairy require a lot of land, water and energy
- Turn off the lights that aren’t needed and don’t power up an empty room
- Cycle to work
- Reduce, reuse and recycle
- Cut down on your single-use plastic consumption