World Environment Day – June 5

World Environment Day is observed on June 5.
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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is a global celebration that takes place every year on June 5th. It was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people worldwide to take action to protect our planet.

The idea for World Environment Day came about during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972. At this conference, representatives from over 100 countries came together to discuss the impact of human activities on the environment and to consider ways to address these issues.

Following the conference, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 5th as World Environment Day, which has been celebrated annually ever since. Each year, a different theme is chosen for the event, focusing on specific environmental challenges and opportunities.

Over the years, World Environment Day has become an important platform for raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting action to address these challenges. It is now the largest global event for environmental outreach, and millions of people in over 150 countries participate in activities, events, and campaigns to celebrate this special day.

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In recent years, World Environment Day has focused on issues such as air pollution, plastic pollution, and climate change, as well as the importance of biodiversity and sustainable development. By bringing attention to these critical issues and encouraging people around the world to take action, World Environment Day plays an important role in protecting our planet for future generations.

How to celebrate:

  • Commit to recycling.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Volunteer at a national park or a farmer’s market.
  • Learn about environmental issues and solutions through the UN’s website.
  • Watch an ecological movie at FilmsForTheEarth.org.

Fun Facts:

  • Millions of people in more than 150 countries participate in the day.
  • The day has its own anthem titled “Only One World.”
  • Every year the responsibility of hosting the day is given to different countries where official celebrations will take place.
  • As of 2020, nearly 141 countries were exposed to at least one ecological threat.
  • To meet climate change, biodiversity and land degradation targets, annual investments directed towards nature-based solutions should increase three-fold annually by 2050.

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