WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED)CELEBRATION
In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established the World Environment Day on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme “Only One Earth”. Even though Environment Day celebration have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.
WED Celebration is celebrated every 5th of June with the aim of creating awareness and doing something positive for the environment. People from all works of life in their different places come together to mark this event with positive action.
Themes from 2010 to 2020 on World Environment Day
The theme for 2010 was ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’. It celebrated the diversity of life on our planet. Beach clean-ups, concerts, community events, film festivals, exhibits were all organized all around the world to celebrate this day. It was hosted in Rwanda.
For the first time, it was hosted by our country, India. The theme for the day this year was ‘Forest- Nature at your service’ which shows the link between the quality of life and the health of the forest ecosystem. Thousands of activities took place all around the globe like bird-watching, photo competition on the forest, national green campaigns, City Park cleanups.
‘Green Economy: Does it include you? was chosen as the theme for the year. Green economies are an important means to achieve what sustainable development aims at. It was hosted by Brazil this year.
‘Think, Eat, Save’ was picked as the theme of 2013. The campaign mainly highlighted a large amount of food that is being wasted. It was aimed at countries with lifestyles resulting in food wastage. It was hosted by Mongolia this year.
The theme this year was “International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)”. It focused on global warming and its effect on ocean levels. “Raise your voice, not the sea level” was the slogan for the year.
‘Feeding the Planet- Energy for life’ was the theme selected for the year 2015. The slogan for this year was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. This was hosted by Italy. In India, Narendra Modi celebrated the day by planting a Kadamb sapling.
The theme for this year was ‘Go wild for life’. This year the focus was on illegal trade in wildlife. Angola was chosen as the host country this year.
‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’ was the theme of this year. The theme encouraged people to appreciate and protect the treasure that we have, nature. This was hosted by Canada.
For the second time, India was the host country in 2018. The theme for the year was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The Government of India pledges to wipe out the use of plastic by 2022.
As air pollution killed about 7 million people annually, the theme for the year was “Beat Air Pollution”. China hosted the event.
This year, as it was unable to go out and celebrate due to the global pandemic, the aim was to help and protect the poor, sick, and vulnerable from the devastating situation. The host country for the year was Colombia. ‘Time for Nature’ was selected as the theme for the year considering the current situation.[iii]
This year we found out that the level of air pollution tremendously fell and nature coming out of hiding because of the lockdown. This showed us that nature can still flourish if we give a chance.
Life would be much better if we lived in harmony with NATURE!
from A ‘5th VOICE’ is born. Voice By The People, For The People