WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
June 5, every year is celebrated as World Environment Day or WED. The day is set aside to encourage awareness and action to protect the natural environment. It draws attention to environmental issues such as marine pollution, air pollution, deforestation, and wildlife crime such as poaching.
Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, communities, governments, and celebrities adopt to advocate environmental causes.
“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” – Ernest Hemingway
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” – Leo Tolstoy
HOW TO OBSERVE
One of the activities of the day in some countries is to play or sing the Earth “Anthem” penned by poet Abhay K to celebrate the day.
Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and the oceans
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
different cultures, beliefs and ways
we are humans, the earth is our home
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue flag.
Visit the World Environment Day website. Go to https://worldenvironmentday.global/en to learn more about the day.
Follow on social media with #WED, or #Worldenvironmentday to see what others are doing around the world to mark the day
Plan a tree-planting day in your neighborhood.
Organize a neighborhood cleanup.
1972 was a significant year for creating a movement to sustain and protect the natural environment. That year, the United Nations, met in Sweden to rally the world to support environmental issues. Two years later, the first World Environment day was held in 1974.
Even though WED celebrations have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.