World Environment Day is held each year on 5th June. It is celebrated to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and our planet Earth.
It is also one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment, enhances political attention and action.
Theme for World Environment Day 2017:
The theme for 2017 is ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’ and the host nation is Canada.
Just one of the many ways to connect people to nature is by staying up to date with the latest environment news and supporting groundbreaking research occurring worldwide.
Together, we can work to better preserve and understand our world. Keep reading below for some food for thought.
World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as Kenya, India, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States.
Celebration activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns.
Undoubtedly in every country, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment.
This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.
In 1972 United Nations General Assembly established United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.
Since 1973, every year World Environment Day is hosted and celebrated in different city with an international exposition through the week of 5th June.
Pictures and Symbols:
Main colors featured in many promotions of this event are natural colors (green, brown, and blue) are used. Images of the earth, flora and fauna, unpolluted rivers are used to promote campaigns/events supporting the day.
Media too plays its parts in spreading awareness. Zee News launched ‘My Earth, My Duty’ campaign.
This campaign entered the Limca Book of Records for a novel effort: for planting more than 73 lakh trees in one single day across 34 cities and 2.5 lakh (250,000) villages on 25 August 2010.
NDTV launched “Greenathon” Campaign in 2008. This campaign was served as India’s first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment.
Inspired by World Environment Day Eco Action Day is celebrated since 2007 in Singapore to inspire individuals to reduce energy use at the workplace.
“Earth Anthem” by poet-diplomat Abhay K was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day.
It is in eight languages including all official languages of the United Nations, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The other two languages are Hindi and Nepali.