World Environment Day

Written by Kennealy Nolan

As a way of showing gratitude and appreciation for the environment, World Environment Day was established, connecting people across the globe in an effort to nurture and save the home we call earth. This year, the stay at home order caused by the pandemic has made it even more crucial to get out and participate in this day. World Environment Day is quickly approaching and it will soon be time to take action!

What Is World Environment Day?

World Environment Day is a day set aside to address worldwide environmental issues with the help of governments, businesses and citizens. It began in 1974 and is celebrated each year on June 5th. Although more than a hundred countries participate, official celebrations are hosted by a different country each year. Previously, countries such as Canada, India, China, Angola, and Columbia have hosted this celebratory day. These celebrations highlight the year’s theme. In the past, World Environment Day has helped inform people on many topics, including sea level increases, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, pollution and more. This day is beneficial to us all because it forces each one of us to take a close look at what we are doing to help, or harm, the earth. 

Who is Hosting World Environment Day this Year?

The 2021 World Environment Day will be hosted by Pakistan. The theme is Ecosystem Restoration. According to the World Environment Day website, “Ecosystem Restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it.” Pakistan plans to embark upon this mission by participating in a campaign entitled ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami.’ Over the next five years, Pakistan aspires to restore previously damaged mangroves, forests and trees throughout urban areas in the country. The ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami’ campaign is how Pakistan plans to contribute to the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is a worldwide effort organized by the United Nations for their Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Countries pledge to restore 350 million hectares of deforested land by the year 2030. What better way to celebrate World Environment Day than to denounce, and take action against, the destruction of ecosystems?

What Can We Do to Help the Earth this World Environment Day?

As World Environment Day approaches, it is critical that we examine what we can change in our own lives in order to benefit the environment. Although this celebratory day is being hosted by Pakistan, people all around the world can still participate. Activities that one can do to commemorate World Environment Day include planting trees and replenishing native flora. Not only do these projects fit the theme of Ecosystem Restoration, but they also ensure survival of the habitats of animals and endangered species. Although they do not necessarily fit the theme, one can also commit to activities such as walking or riding a bike instead of driving, organizing a compost to limit the use of pesticides, and cleaning up a beach or park. By recognizing and participating in World Environment Day, we can spread awareness and continue to do our part to help the home we call earth.

Each year, World Environment Day’s purpose is to inform, educate and encourage citizens to lend a helping hand. Before June 5th arrives, have a talk with your friends and family about what you can do to contribute to World Environment Day this year. Don’t forget to spread the word, make a plan and get outdoors!

Sources

Geneva Environment Network. “World Environment Day.” Geneva Environment Network, UN Environment Programme, https://www.genevaenvironmentnetwork.org/world-environment-day/  

Twinkl. “World Environment Day 2021.” Twinkl, BBC Children in Need, https://www.twinkl.ca/event/world-environment-day-australia-2021  

World Environment Day. “About World Environment Day.” World Environment Day, UN Environment Programme, https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/about-world-environment-day  

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