World Environment Day is a yearly event held to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. Known as WED for short, it is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is really a climax of environmental activities being undertaken all year round by UNEP and other organizations and individuals around the world. Being a part of the celebrations gives you an opportunity to share your ideas and activities for making our world cleaner, greener, and brighter.
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on JUNE 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.
Media and celebrities have encouraged World Environment Day Celebrations by endorsing and participating in it. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) goodwill ambassadors are sending an SOS to the world to take action for World Environment Day 2016 by joining one of their teams to combat climate change. Their call to action, Message in the Bottle, asks individuals around the world to join one of the teams and make a difference by pledging to take action in support of World Environment Day, which culminates globally on 5 June 2016.
The day’s agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. World Environment Day is a people’s event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns. Eco Action Day is celebrated since 2007 in Singapore to inspire individuals to reduce energy use at the workplace.
The whole idea of having a separate day for the Environment is to draw attention to the pressures being faced everywhere. The current world population is estimated at over 7 billion people, and naturally therefore, the pressure of this massive population on the environment is immense. WED helps people to understand their own place in the scheme of things, and activities around this day should use this as a simple theme of showing how each of us CAN make a difference: IF WE DECIDE TO. Here’s a few things we can do to show this:
Following on from the theme for this year, I remember that Animal Planet had a great blurb about this: “When the buying stops, the killing will stop too!” This is unfortunately all too true; it is only the reckless demand for contraband wildlife products that is fueling the wildlife trade. This is now a multi-billion dollar business across the world. Because of the massive prices, people are willing to take the risks to meet the demand. But if we can take that first step: STOP BUYING; then perhaps we can hope.
Do your bit for the wildlife on this coming World Environment Day: Say NO to wildlife items and wildlife-related products!