World Environment Day
Sunday, June 5th marks 50 years since the first global environmental summit, The 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. This landmark conference also formalized the idea of a World Environment Day, which was first commemorated the following year.
Sunday, June 5th marks 50 years since the first global environmental summit, The 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. Hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, the conference is widely regarded as the first world conference to prioritize environmental issues and continues to impact the contemporary sustainability landscape. The conference gave rise to the Stockholm Declaration and Action Plan for the Human Environment, a 26 principle resolution placing environmental issues at the forefront of global political dialogue as well as prompting the formation of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). This landmark conference also formalized the idea of a World Environment Day, which was first commemorated the following year.
Born out of a growing concern about humanity’s impact on the planet, World Environment Day has become an opportunity for individuals globally to come together and celebrate the importance of meaningful collective action. UNEP Chief of Advocacy and Communication Atif Ikram Butt sees the day as an opportunity to “amplify voices and strengthen participants’ agency to impact change.”
World Environment Day has often preceded global change, as the themed conference and global calls to action spark important conversations on how we can positively affect our surroundings. Past World Environment Day themes have been snapshots of the pressing environmental concerns at the time. For example, 1977 World Environment Day focused on the depletion of the ozone layer while 1983 World Environment Day highlighted the impacts of acid rain.
This year’s theme, #OnlyOneEarth evokes a sense of urgency aligned with the salience of contemporary environmental issues. Attempting to address the three-pronged issues of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, #OnlyOneEarth is expected to feature hundreds of coordinated events and actions globally.
Green Places is grateful to be a part of a global community of environmentally conscious individuals and businesses and encourage you to enact positive change in your community. The UNEP produced the #OnlyOneEarth practical guide to advise governments, cities, community groups and individuals on what actions they can take to effect real change.
For more information on how you can register a World Environment Day event or learn about the actions near you, visit the World Environment Day website.