Welcome to your quick guide to celebrating World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.
This year, the World Environment Day theme is Reduce Your Foodprint. The aim is to encourage you to reduce your foodprint by becoming more aware of the environmental impact of food waste and loss across the food supply chain.
The theme emboldens you to take action from your home and then witness the power of the collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money and minimize environmental impacts.
What is World Environment Day?
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the opening of the 1972 Stockholm Conference
Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual actions that collectively become an exponential force for positive change.
Past World Environment Day thematic celebrations included caring for the forests, the ozone layer, desertification and sustainable development, to mention a few.
World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.
Why celebrate World Environment Day?
When we see or experience the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation, it is easy to blame others - governments for not prioritizing environmental policy; corporate organizations for raising greenhouse gas emissions; NGOs for not lobbying strongly enough for the environment; and individuals for not taking action. World Environment Day however is a day we put aside our differences and instead celebrate achievements made towards protecting the environment.
By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment. Remember that every action counts, so join us: every year, everywhere, everyone!
How Can I Get Involved With World Environment Day?
Want to be a part of World Environment Day? Plan an event! The celebration is a decentralized, community effort. All citizens - neighbors, school groups, business, industry and organizations within the Metro area are invited to participate. How you participate is up to you. Any event, between Earth Day on April 22nd and World Environment Day on June 5th, with an environmental theme is qualified.
Review past World Environment Day celebrations. Some events ideas: film festivals, ceremonies, competitions, concerts, environmental education, and online and social media activities. Make your efforts known by celebrating WED and registering them!