World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 to encourage people to take action and protect the environment. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is the primary organization behind this celebration. UNEP organizes various events through individual participation and community gatherings to raise awareness about how and why we should pay more attention to the environment.
Increasing exploitation of resources and pollution is the biggest threat to the environment. UNEP has declared June 5 as World Environment Day so that people around the world can know about it.
History and significance
The UN General Assembly declared June 5 as World Environment Day in 1972 during the Stockholm Conference. It was the first world conference to make environmental protection a major issue. UNEP was established in the same year. 1973 marks World Environment Day for the first time. Today, 193 member states observe the day as part of the UNEP and host various events. This year, UNEP is celebrating 50 years of its existence.
Theme and host
World Environment Day is celebrated by different countries every year. This time the host country is Sweden. All official ceremonies will be organized in this country. The campaign will be celebrated around the theme “Only One Earth”.