WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly convened in Stockholm Sweden for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. Here many environmental issues were discussed. World Environment Day was established as a platform for spreading awareness of human impacts on the environment.
Since 1974, people all over the world and 143 countries have participated in World Environment Day. This important day for raising awareness of environmental issues takes place on June 5th and has a unique focus each year.
In 2020, the theme of World Environment Day is "Caring for Nature, Now", focusing on the urgent and real issue of biodiversity. World Environment Day 2020 is hosted by Colombia. Colombia is home to unique and rich natural treasures that play an important role in global climate and water regulation. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis triggered by the rapid deterioration of habitats, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez urged “to secure current and future development, we must act now. Fourteen world leaders, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, France and the Seychelles, issued a joint statement calling on governments around the world to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030 of land and sea.
World Environment Day 2021 focuses on "ecosystem restoration", with the theme of "Reimagination, reconstruction, restoration". For a long time, mankind has been over exploiting and destroying the earth's ecosystem. Every three seconds, the world will lose a forest the size of a football field; In the last century, half of the wetlands were destroyed; Up to 50% of coral reefs have disappeared and this figure may rise to 90% by 2050 (even if global warming is limited to 1.5 ° C). World Environment Day 2021 is hosted by Pakistan.
The human mind knows no boundaries. But our planet does. We have created so much. But often at the cost of nature. We can no longer continue down a path of irreversible harm to the environment. Let’s renew our resolve and our climate. Let’s strengthen our commitments and our biodiversity. Let’s rethink how we consume, revive what we destroyed and reconnect with what sustains us. Our home.