World Environment Day

On World Environment Day people from countries all around the world come together to take action to defend our planet. Find out about some of the things people are doing to celebrate this special day.

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People celebrate World Environment Day (WED) in many different ways all over the world: planting trees, cleaning up local beaches, organising meetings, joining online protests. Each year the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chooses a particular issue to focus on. One year it might be forests, another year it might be wildlife. And each year there is a new host; a city which is the centre point for all the celebrations.

How it first started

The United Nations (UN) named 5 June as international World Environment Day at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. The idea was to draw attention to the many problems that are facing our environment. They wanted to include as many people, organisations and governments, both local and national, as possible. They wanted to show that positive change is possible when people work together to fight for a common cause.

The first World Environment Day

The first WED was celebrated in 1974 in the city of Spokane in the USA. The slogan for that first year was ‘Only One Earth’ and it was celebrated with the world’s first world fair to be dedicated to the environment. The exhibition lasted for six months.

The hosts

Since 1974 the WED has been hosted by 34 different cities in 25 different countries around the world, from Cuba to Korea, from Belgium to Brazil. Some countries have hosted the main celebrations two or more times, including Bangladesh, Canada and China. But that doesn’t mean that all the celebrations take place in the host country. Every year people from all over the world take part in a huge number of different events to draw attention to the main issue.

The issues

Each year the celebrations focus on a particular problem. Over the last ten years key issues have included wildlife, forests and plastic waste, among other things. Each issue has a slogan. Past slogans include ‘Think. Eat. Save.’, which asked people to think about the issue of food waste, and ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’, to focus on the effect that global warming is having on small island nations around the world. As well as slogans, hashtags have become important for the campaigns too. In a recent campaign the hashtag #WildforLife became a strong symbol for the fight against all kinds of illegal trading in plants and animals.

What you can do

If you want to take part in the celebrations, or support this year’s special cause, here are some things that you can do. You can visit the official website to find out what this year’s slogan is. You can search for the slogan online to find organisations and events in your area or online. You can share information about the cause and the events on social media or form a local action group of your own and organise an event in your community. Whatever you do, you won’t be alone. Millions of people all around the world will be joining the celebrations and fighting for a better future for our planet.

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Submitted by Charulata Si on Wed, 12/10/2022 - 09:12

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Currently, the main problems that are facing the environment are global warming, deforestation and the greenhouse effect. Firstly, awareness should be brought among people by organizing campaigns that encourages them to contribute towards our environment at any level. Planting trees and recycling household wastes can lower the production of carbon dioxide and reduce global warming to some extent. Installing solar lights and reducing the use of energy-reliant electronics will help to decrease emission of green house gases.To promote afforestation, government regulations should ban clear-cutting of trees. Also, we should try to minimize our daily consumption of paper, plastics etc., and opt for recycled paper products instead. These are some measures that can be taken to enhance the condition of our environment.

Submitted by Sudhir Ch on Wed, 01/06/2022 - 14:52

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I am from Pakistan. In Pakistan no proper construction of homes, agriculture lands are going to close and housing societies are flourish. the worst position of Karachi sea, no maintenance, people cut the tree from forest and burn in winter, court ban on use of plastic product but companies prepare and sold it in market and citizens use freely. they need to awareness of harm full act of these things. in these days a lot peoples use old engine motor car, bikes, trucks and other vehicle's. no planning of constriction road, bridges and concrete buildings any where. the but not least its a bad condition of environment in Pakistan and my city Lahore is most pollution city of the world.

Submitted by alphazero on Sat, 14/05/2022 - 05:16

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The main problem we are facing is global warming as it has caused so many dire consequences to human's lives globally such as rising sea levels in Arctic, which results in flooding in many deltas. Besides, temperatures in many countries like India, the USA are breaking their records. There is a lot of activity we can involve in to protect our planet such as reducing the use of plastic bags and cycling or using public transport can definitely contribute to the resilience of the environment.

Submitted by takayashu on Wed, 11/05/2022 - 22:33

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I think the main problems are plastic waste and deforestation.

Submitted by sithutun on Thu, 09/12/2021 - 03:47

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Plastic waste and deforestation are the main issues in current moment. We must reduce using one-use plastic as possible as we can to prevent plastic pollution. Instead of using one-use plastic bags, try to use paper bags or something else. To solve the problem of deforestation, local government must provide a policy regarding illegal trading of wood.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 05:11

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The main problem that is facing the environment at the moment is gas emissions. It can cause global warming that causes our environment to get weak day by day. The way to overcome this problem is some factories should recycle their gas before the emission.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Sun, 30/05/2021 - 07:35

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I think the main problems are plastic waste and cutting many forests.We all are facing the global warming because of these issues.We should recycle our daily finitures.We should plant many trees.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Thu, 25/02/2021 - 12:51

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The main problems that are facing the environment at the moment is plastics. Nowadays , plastics be a big problem for our environment . It bring back a damage for our earth. Even plastics bags are replace with some alternative way, still we cannot dispose plastic bags from use. The best way to keep away from using plastics bags is just D.I.Y bags. Avoid to use plastic bags.
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Submitted by danisep on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 23:18

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The main problem is the human being, we are focused on hold rich societies and impulsive the consumption to keep working the actual economic system, there is a deep problem because care the environment involves lose money and governments and companies want more not less. The change starts for us, buying fewer unnecessaries things decreasing the consumption our behavior can change laws and systems production.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Sat, 02/01/2021 - 14:51

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There are many problems that we must face about the environment, but I think it's extremely important we are all fully aware of the mutual reliance of our behaviours for the safety of the environment.