June 5 is World Environment Day, which according to the organization, is the United Nation's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Most importantly, it is the 'people's day' for doing something positive to take care of the Earth or becoming an agent of change. It first began in 1974 and has since grown to be a global celebration of nature in over 100 countries.

Each year, a new theme surrounding an environmental concern and a new host country is chosen for World Environment Day. This year the theme is all about "connecting people to nature" and official celebrations are scheduled to take place in Canada which is fitting given the country's recent commitment and dedication to take leadership on climate change.

Environment Canada's video reminds us that there are many ways to get involved in World Environment Day this year and we can do so from just about anywhere. Here are some of our favorite ways:

Cut down on your meat consumption. Going meatless can reduce your risk of conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources such as water.

This World Environment Day, try cutting out meat altogether. If you really want to make a difference, take it one step further by partaking in 'Meatless Monday' – an international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15 percent by cutting out meat once a week to improve not only their health but the environment, too.

Get out into nature. Why not spend a day with your friends and family at a National Park or pack an eco-friendly picnic to take to the beach. After all, this World Environment Day is all about connecting with nature and there's no better way to appreciate the environment than getting out there and enjoying it.

Ask your government or local authorities to act. World Environment Day is the perfect excuse to get in touch with your local officials about an environmental issue you've been eager to have addressed.

So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and connect with nature!