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World Environment Day is a United Nations initiative that has been held annually on the 5 June since 1974. It’s purpose is to address major issues such as climate change, marine pollution and wildlife crime.

This year’s theme couldn’t be simpler; it’s all about Connecting People to Nature. It implores us to get outdoors and into the environment, to appreciate its beauty and its importance and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce. This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how entirely we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience this cherished and vital relationship.

It’s a great opportunity to get families out and about over the week and weekend or for students to take a healthy break from revision. Perhaps go on a bike ride, nature walk or have a picnic in the park. To help us reconnect with nature, the Wildlife Trusts are challenging people to do something wild every day. That’s 30 ‘Random Acts of Wilderness’ from 5–30 June.

As a business, Lyons Davidson is committed to managing and reducing the impact that we have on the environment.  We were the first in our industry to secure ISO 14001 certification and are proud to have retained it for over a decade.  To coincide with World Environment Day, we are asking all staff to remind themselves of our Environmental Objectives and we are encouraging our Bristol based staff to join in the Big Commuting Challenge, which ties in with our objectives to reduce carbon and to increase sustainable travel for commuting and business purposes.

For more information about any of the issues raised in this article or for more information about  Lyons Davidson’s green policy and commitment to sustainability, contact Environmental Management Systems co-ordinator Clive Croal or call 0117 394 5060.