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#EngKnowledge: World Environment Day 2020

Hello everyone, how are you doing? It’s been raining a lot here in Bali, Indonesia, despite we have entered dry season. By the way, did you know that 5 June is celebrated every year as World Environment Day?

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World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

UN designates 5 June as World Environment Day in 1972 and two years later (1974), WED is celebrated for the first time under the slogan “Only One Earth.” During 1974-1983, WED was celebrated 10 times but only in three countries (USA, Canada, and Bangladesh).

World Environment Day 2020 is focusing on biodiversity and will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity.” Videos highlighting the biodiversity and environmental achievements of different regions of Colombia will be featured throughout the day, including images and drone footage of strategic ecosystems. We can join the conversation online with the hashtag #ForNature.

Air pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, and climate crisis have been some of the major factors that affect our environment. By actively participating to decrease the impact of any factors above, we might have hope for a better environment. Humans are not the only species on this planet and our actions have significant impact on the existence of other species. Furthermore, studies show deforestation and loss of wildlife cause increases in infectious diseases, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We have only one Earth and we live on this world together, fellas. Let’s let nature be nature and do our parts to help reduce the negative impact of climate crisis. Stay safe everywhere you are.

 

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 5 June 2020.


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#IOTW: Earth

Hiyya, fellas! Since today is Earth day, I’ll share a couple of idioms with the word “earth”.

1. To come back down to earth. Meaning: to return and face reality after an excitement; kembali pada kenyataan setelah sesuatu yg menyenangkan.
Contoh:

  • I was excited to get the grand prize, but I came back down to earth when I realized that I would still have to some tax.

2. To bring (someone) back down to earth. Meaning: to help someone face reality; to help someone who is euphoric become more realistic; membuat seseorang sadar atas kenyataan setelah sesuatu yang menyenangkan.
Contoh:

  • I hate to be the one to bring you down to earth, but things aren’t as good as you think.

3. The salt of the earth. Meaning: a very good and honest person; orang yang baik hati dan jujur.
Contoh:

  • His mother’s the salt of the earth. She’d go to a great length to help anyone.

4. Down-to-earth (person/people). Meaning: people who are practical, reasonable, friendly; seseorang yang ramah, bersahabat, tidak mengada-ada.
Contoh:

  • She’s the most down-to-earth girl I know, unlike others who are full of pretensions.

5. To go to earth. Meaning: to go away somewhere where people can’t find you; bersembunyi.
Contoh:

  • The singer decided not to go to earth and face the accusation with her head held high.

6. Heaven on earth. Meaning: something extremely good; sesuatu yg teramat baik/menyenangkan/enak.
Contoh:

  • After a long and tiring day, a good soak in the tub sure feels like heaven on earth.

7. To move heaven and earth (to do something). Meaning: to do everything possible to achieve a something, melakukan segala cara untuk mencapai sesuatu.
Contoh:

  • His mom would move heaven and earth to get him the most beautiful bride in the world.

8. On the face of the earth. Meaning: existing; yang ada (di dunia).
Contoh:

  • He is probably the nicest man on the face of the earth.

9. To wipe someone or something off the face of the earth – to make disappear completely; melenyapkan sepenuhnya.
Contoh:

  • The tornado wiped my school off the face of the earth! There’s nothing to salvage.

10. The four corners of the earth/world. Meaning: every part of the world; dari seluruh penjuru dunia, dari segala tempat.
Contoh:

  • People travel from the four corners of the world to witness the royal wedding.

And that’s a wrap for today, fellas! Want more idioms? Simply click this link.

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


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