World Environment Day isn’t just another event to encourage you to put your plastic in the correct recycling bin, it’s a global celebration of nature. It’s a day for you to reconnect with the places that matter the most to you.

The United Nations celebrates World Environment Day every year on June 5 to promote worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

Did you know that a glass bottle made in our lifetime will take more than 4,000 years to decompose? Or that an estimated 50,000 species inhabiting our tropical forests become extinct annually – that’s an average of 137 species every single day.

Our environment gives us life and is one of the few things that we all have in common. If we don’t start looking after it, who will?

Why is World Environment Day celebrated?

The campaign aims to raise awareness about various environmental issues and how to cope with them. This international day was designed at the UN General Assembly in 1972 with the aim of integration of human interactions and the environment. Ever since the first World Environment Day back in 1974, it has been celebrated annually with a new theme each year. It hopes to highlight the environmental challenges the host country faces, such as water pollution, ozone layer depletion and global warming.

World Environment Day 2017

Every year, World Environment Day is hosted by a different country. It is being hosted by Canada this year and they have declared the theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’. The United Nations revealed that the motto of this year’s theme is to drive people to step outside and re-connect with the world and nature once again. This is because the UN believes that people need to enjoy nature once again in order to appreciate the value of the planet and what they can do to help.

How is World Environment Day celebrated?

Major corporations, governments and celebrities alike are all doing their part to advocate environmental causes. Whether it’s advertising various eco-friendly practises that others can follow – such as composting – driving cleaning programs or planting trees, individuals and organisations are all doing their part.

How can you contribute to saving the planet?

In the hope of making people feel responsible for their actions and contribute to saving the planet, there are some small steps that everyone can take towards a healthier planet. These include composting, using reusable bags, avoiding plastic bags and any single-use plastic, segregating waste into wet and dry forms, and lastly, conserving water and electricity by turning them off when not totally necessary.

Let’s work together to leave this planet a little healthier and happier.

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