Wetlands, land areas saturated with water, are an important part of the world’s ecosystem. They can be found all across the globe in all kinds of different climates. Many plants and animals that don’t live anywhere else are abundant here, making it the most biodiverse ecosystem in the world. Many people also rely on the wetlands to make a living. Unfortunately most people think of wetlands as unusable land, getting in the way of urban growth. Because of this, wetlands face more destruction than any other ecosystem. Wetlands Day is the day to raise awareness of the importance of Wetlands and their risks of being destroyed.
History of World Wetlands Day
February 2nd each year is World Wetlands Day, a day meant to raise global awareness about the vital role that wetlands have for the people living near them and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2nd, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
How To Celebrate World Wetlands Day
There are quite a few ways you can help get involved to raise awareness. One way could be to share the outreach materials found on the Wetlands Day website on your social media platforms. Another way to help in honor of the holiday is to plan a wetland clean-up day.
This holiday can bring people together by having them unite a great cause over cleaning up the Wetlands or even just simply spreading awareness over social media.
Ways to share World Wetlands Day on social media
Using #WorldWetlandsDay spread awareness of the importance of Wetlands to our ecosystem in a post
In a post share an event being held to help clean up local wetland areas
Encourage followers to post about what our ecosystem means to them and how the Wetlands are affected
Post on various materials you can use to help better/clean up the wetlands near you
“The one ecologically positive thing that most created wetlands do a reasonable job of is water treatment, because the limited range of plants likely to survive the semi-toxic soils and waters of newly created wetlands are invariably colonisers that will also use up a wide range of nutrients.”
― Nick Romanowski, Wetland Habitats: A Practical Guide to Restoration and Management