World Environment Day June 5

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June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action.

World Environment Day (WED) is a big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social web campaigns and different contests themed around caring for the planet.

WED 2017

Canada hosts World Environment Day 2017

WED 2016

Translating: Go Wild for Life
Spanish: Ir por la vida salvaje
Related: wild, wilderness, wildlife

Elsewhere on the Web (2016) @mfe_news



World Environment Day is one of the ways that the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The United Nations General Assembly established the first World Environment Day in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

"Stockholm was without doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism," writes John McCormick in Reclaiming Paradise. "It was the first occasion on which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action."

Another resolution led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organizes World Environment Day

The celebration of WED began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) enables everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth, but also reminds one and all of their individual power to become agents of change.

A Few Words about Sustainability

Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

Be Engaged

Every action counts, and when multiplied by a global chorus, becomes exponential in its impact. Think of the ripple effect. There are a few things you can do:
On the ground, you can

seek out World Environment Day events and go to them

Shoehorn 'World Environment Day' into a conversation

Visit your local library and check out the latest environmental titles. Bonus points if you find a copy of Reclaiming Paradise

Create your own WED foamboard or popup museum
Online, you can like, share, comment on and embed this presentation.

Periscope/Vimeo/YouTube - Show us a park or protected area - city park, biosphere reserve

Twitter - Use the hashtag #wed2016

Flickr - Share photos and artwork in the World Environment Day group
Go Wild for Life!! @unep #wed2016 #fanart

Translating: World Environment Day (additional translations welcome)

German: Weltumwelttag (also: Tag der Umwelt)
Swedish: Världsmiljödagen
Spanish: Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente
Chinanteco: (San Felipe Usila) Jhum kie la ta m qu
Mixteco (San Pedro Tida'a): Buaha Kiwi
Zapoteco: (Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca) Xchii guish-liu nabain
Russian: Всемирный день окружающей среды

Colibri Ecotourism Award

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, presented the annual Colibri Ecotourism Award to a leader working toward responsible travel and ecotourism in Mexico from 2000-2010.

WED 2015

In 2015 we spotlight the challenge of living within planetary boundaries.

Ron Mader: We celebrate with friends around the world via collaborative photography, hangouts and popup events. World Environment Day holds a special place in my heart as it the first manifestation of global awareness of our planet's environment.

The only trouble is, and let's be honest, most people don't know about 'World Environment Day' and one has to shoehorn the term into a conversation. Where's the public awareness? Where are the greeting cards? One solution is to talk about 'World Environment Day' via hangouts, and we've scheduled three this week.

What are Planetary Boundaries? = ¿Cuáles son los Límites Planetarios? #roofdog

#WED2015 Hangouts

Monday, June 8 Responsible Travel and World Environment Day Recap
Friday, June 5, 10am Pacific Responsible Local Travel in the USA Hangout
Friday June 5, 1pm Pacific – Bringing World Environment Day into the Classroom, Google Hangout


Pressing RESET for World Environment Day - The Alternative
World Environment Day News - Google

A Few Ways to Improve World Environment Day

UNEP: Interact more on Twitter. You send announcements but it would be great to see more interaction and retweets
UNEP: Announce the topic of next year's WED on June 5. Don't make us wait or pester you to find out the next year's theme.
UNEP: Think beyond the topic. World Environment Day may have a specific focus, but it would be helpful if you shared news about previous year's campaigns or timely issues that are just emerging on the radar.
EVERYONE: Collaborate with friends and create a local WED event
EVERYONE: Share pics on Flickr
EVERYONE: Send UNEP encouragement


World Environment Day
2013 Oaxaca Photo Safari



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World Environment Day Pool

June 5

Champions of the Earth

Nominations are open for the 2015 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations highest recognition on the environment. 2015 is the time for global action for people and the planet. The Champions of the Earth Award seeks to amplify this call by highlighting people and organisations all over the world that exemplify leadership and advocate action on sustainable development and climate change.

The UN's flagship environmental award Champions of the Earth recognizes outstanding environmental leaders, thinkers and achievers who have stood up to be counted, often challenging the status quo, to usher a greener future.
Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director

Tell us who your Champions of the Earth are!

In solidarity with the United Nations 2015: Time for Global Action for People and Planet campaign, and as this year’s Award Ceremony will take place at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this year’s Award will focus on:

  • Visionary policy leaders who have demonstrated and inspired global political will in promoting initiatives and policies that advance inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • Forward-looking companies and business leaders who have transformed their business models for sustainable development, and have been leading the way towards green and sustainable investment.
  • Members of the scientific community who have advanced the science-policy interface and continue to offer the best available scientific evidence of risks and opportunities to inform decision-making.
  • Grassroots advocates and doers that empower underserved communities and show how inclusivity can be achieved alongside sustainable prosperity.

2014 World Environment Day

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which play a unique role in development challenges, including climate change and global warming which causes ocean levels to rise.

According to the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), global sea levels are rising at an increased rate which is projected to be even greater this century. When global temperature warms, seawater expands and occupies more space. Sea levels rise when ice melts as well. Coastal communities in every country are then threatened with floods and storm surges, to which these small islands are the most exposed.

Dotted all over the planet- from the Caribbean to the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, these islands are a diverse group of small coastal countries or territories. Due to their small size and isolation, these small states are more vulnerable to natural and environmental disasters, climate change and sea-level rise.

However, these islands have also been successful in overcoming their environmental problems. From Palau to Puerto Rico, the stories of resiliency and innovation abound. For instance, Tokelau recently began producing 100% of its energy from solar sources. In Fiji, lacking the resources to make new drainage systems and seawalls, local residents are restoring mangroves and coral reefs to help prevent flooding and erosion. These stories and solutions can be applied to environmental concerns all over the world.

World Environment Day 2014 #wed2014

Translating: Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

2013 World Environment Day

The theme for 2013’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save.

Think.Eat.Save is a campaign against food waste and food loss and encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.

This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.

If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 liters of water to produce 1 liter of milk and about 16,000 liters goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.

Making informed decision therefore means, for example, that you purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions.

So think before you eat and help save our environment!
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Translating: Think. Eat. Save.

Spanish: Piensa. Aliméntate. Ahorra.
Portuguse: Pensar. Comer. Conservar.
German: Denke. Esse. Bewahre.

Gracias @UNEP El Dia Mundial del Medio Ambiente es 5 de Junio. Piensa. Aliméntate. Ahorra. #thinkeatsave #wed2013 #rtyear2013
Danke @UNEP Der Weltumwelttag ist 5 Juni. Denke. Esse. Bewahre. #thinkeatsave #wed2013 #rtyear2013
Think. Eat. Save. World Environment Day 2014

Elsewhere on the web

Rural21 - The International Journal for Rural Development Vol. 47 Nr. 1/2013: Food losses

food waste


World Environment Day
Books: Reclaiming Paradise

Previous World Environment Days

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United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

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Integrating Biodiversity into the Tourism Sector
Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Conference
Ecotourism - UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Program for the Environment (Latin America)
Tecnologia, Industria y Economia - UNEP
Turismo Sustentable - UNEP
UNEP Geneva Programs
Billion Tree Campaign
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

World Environment Day 2012

Green Economy: Does it include you? – underpins the concept of an economy that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. The theme also supports one of the main objectives of the Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22, 2012.

The global World Environment Day host country for 2012 is Brazil, where 20 years ago, for the first time, the largest number of global leaders assembled together to decide on a sustainable future

WED 2012 officially kicks off the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil where the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication will be one of two central themes.

Learn more from the UNEP website! Download the World Environment Day logo, t-shirt, paper cup and water bottle designs to include in your promotional materials. Mobilise participation in your area! . Register activities. Check out the map.


Survey Results

1. Are you paying attention to World Environment Day this year?

Yes, a lot
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Yes, a little
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Not really


world environment day (2010)

What environmental issue(s) do you pay attention?

Lowering our carbon footprint
destruction of wetlands
The 3 R's and cut down on plastics
global warming
tree planting
wetland conservation
waste management
Drought and desertification
biodiversity, tourism impacts

What environmental issue(s) would you personally like to pay more attention?

Lowering our carbon footprint
Gardening with perennials instead of annuals, growing our own vegetables
Population Increase in Population
Reduce. Reuse and Recycle
Climate Change, Carbon Emissions
Finding Alternative Energy Sources
picking up rubbish
use of plastic bags and recycling
Climate Change, atmospheric emissions
tree planting in wetlands
Deforestation and Global warming
Global warming and drought

2013 Mexico

Games: World Environment Day Photo Safari: Oaxaca

Take photos of trees in bloom
Take photos of trees carved as animals
Ask someone to take a picture of you and a tree
Take photos of wildlife including birds and bugs
Record audio of the cicadas (chicharras)

Social Web Challenges: Oaxaca
Blog: Comment on Ron's blog
Foursquare: Check-in at Llano Park
Facebook: Check-in, upload photos
Flickr: Upload photos to World Environment Day, City Parks and Arboles de Oaxaca groups
Be generous! Like, star and share other people's photos

Paseo Incluyente FotoSafari en Oaxaca de Juárez, México #wed2013 #rtyear2013 @UNEP

Cue Yourself

World Environment Day Foamboard 2012