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World Environment Day – June 5

Since its proclamation in 1974, World Environment Day – June 5 has become a global platform for raising awareness and addressing pressing issues ranging from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

Over the years, millions of people have been involved both in changing their usual way of life and in shaping national and international environmental policies. Below are highlights of the many years of World Environment Day celebration.

Each year, one of the cities of the world is selected as the central venue for major celebrations: a theme, a motto, and logo are being developed that determine the focus of all the events of World Environment Day. Here are the themes and motto of this day over the years.

2005

So, in 2005, the theme of the holiday was the greening of cities (“Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!”),

2006

In 2006 – the fight against desertification of land (“Deserts and Desertification – Do not Desert Drylands!”)

2007

In 2007 – the problem of melting glaciers (“Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?”)

2008

In 2008 – the problem of hydrocarbon savings (“Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy”).

2009

The theme for WED 2009 was ‘Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change’, and Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ was declared ‘World Environment Day Song’. It was hosted in Mexico.

2010

‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’, was the theme of 2010. It celebrated the diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. It was hosted in Rwanda.

2011

The world environment day of 2011 was hosted by India. It was the 1st time for India to host the day. The theme for 2011 was Forests—Nature At Your Service.

2012

The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day was Green Economy.

The theme aimed to invite people to examine their activities and lifestyle and see how the concept of a “Green Economy” fits into it. The host country for the year’s celebrations was Brazil.

2013

The 2013 theme for World Environment Day was Think.Eat.Save.

The campaign addressed the huge annual wastage and losses in food, which, if conserved, would release a large quantity of food as well as reduce the overall carbon footprint. The host country for the year’s celebrations was Mongolia.

2014

The Slogan of the WED 2014 is “Raise your voice not the sea level”, as Barbados hosted the global celebrations of the 42nd edition of the World Environment Day.

2015

The Slogan of the 2015 edition of the World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. The slogan was picked through a voting process on social media. In Saudi Arabia, 15 women recycled 2000 plastic bags to crochet a mural in support of the WED 2015.

2016

The 2016 WED was organized under the theme “Go wild for life”. This edition of the WED aims to reduce and prevent the illegal trade in wildlife.Angola was chosen as the host country of the 2016 WED during the COP21 in Paris.

2017

The theme for 2017 was ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. The host nation was Canada.

2018

The theme for 2018 was “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The host nation was India. By choosing this theme, it is hoped that people may strive to change their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution.

2019

The theme for 2019 is “Beat Air pollution”. The host nation is China. This theme was chosen as it has been killing about 7 million people annually.

2020

The theme for 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity“, and will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany.

Colombia is one of the largest “Megadiverse” nations in the world to hold  10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Since it is part of the Amazon rainforest,  Colombia ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fish, and amphibians.

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

  • Make a commitment to recycle
  • Plant a tree
  • Volunteer

WHY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY IS IMPORTANT

  • It reconnects us to nature
  • Raises awareness
  • It encourages us to take action

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