Published: 5:54 AM on June 05, 2018
Celebrated on June 5 every year, World Environment Day is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the flaura and fauna. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is India; the official theme is beating plastic pollution. This theme is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. It invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.
We encourage you to learn more about this year’s theme and be a part of the worldwide movement to clean up the planet.
About World Environment Day
World Environment Day takes place every year on 5 June. It is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach, celebrated by millions of people in well over 100 countries. It is the ‘People’s Day’ for doing something positive for the environment. Its aim is to harness individual actions and transform them into a collective power that has a legacy of real and lasting impact on the planet.