World Environment Day is celebrated to spread awareness of the need to protect nature and the environment. The day provides a much needed global space to explicitly raise our environmental issues and develop possible solutions and alternatives for them.
When is World Environment Day 2021?
Every year, World Environment Day is observed on 5th June. The day is very significant to promote awareness about protecting our environment. It calls for wholesome contribution from individuals, voluntary organisations, celebrities and communities to participate in activities that are potentially advantageous to the environment. With digital resources and online social media, it is easy to reach out to a large population and spread awareness messages.
Why is World Environment Day celebrated on 5th June?
The UN General Assembly began the first World Environment Day (WED) celebrations in 1972. The day commemorated the inaugural function of the Stockholm Conference on the human environment’s theme. Much later in the year 1974, celebrations took centre stage with the theme titled “Only One Earth”. After this year, celebrations were held annually in full swing. Years rolled by, and in 1987, a novel idea of assigning a different host nation every year to observe the day came into action. Since the year 1974, awareness has been created for a cleaner and greener future.
World Environment Day 2021 Theme
“Ecosystem Restoration” is the theme of World Environment Day 2021. 5th June 2021 is expected to be celebrated on a very large scale by focusing on resetting our relationship with nature. Discussions are expected to be ecosystem restoration, and activities that support them are asked for suggestions. Some of the crucial areas where the focus is anticipated will be discussed herein brief. According to the UN, Pakistan will be the host country of World Environment Day 2021.
Significance of World Environment Day 2021
The first and foremost idea of World Environment Day (WED) celebrations is to spread awareness on the need of the hour to protect our environment. The day calls for timely action on global issues like pollution, declining marine life, human population explosion, global warming, wildlife protection, forest conservation and most importantly, sustainable development by conserving available natural resources.
It calls for research and development proposals to treat alternate sources of energy as sizeable energy providers of the future. Individuals, committees, educational institutions, NGOs and volunteers are encouraged to spread these pressing issues amongst the public. The environment can be saved from more damage only when the public knows about the consequences of their actions.
The ban of single-use plastics, reduction in usage of chlorofluorocarbon elements etc., could go a long way from saving our basic environment. It is crucial to keep our resources clean, reduce their usage, recycle products and re-use available resources.
How to Celebrate World Environment Day 2021
A successful celebration happens only when effective campaigns are launched worldwide to publicise these issues and resolutions drawn to create changes. Many forums discuss pressing issues like carbon neutrality, forest resource management, greenhouse gases reduction, increasing bio-fuel usage etc. Many posters and competitions are themed according to topics that enhance environmental protection like solar energy, drainage problems, restoring marine life and mangroves, soil conservation and fertility etc.
Some of the day’s common activities include public education on the environment, community participation in environmental safety measures, volunteering as an active agent for the cause of the environment, cleaning neighbourhoods, conducting essay competitions, painting, poster making and slogan writing events in schools. Planting trees, encouraging waste segregation and carrying out rallies and marathons about take preventive measures to conserve the environment goes a long way in creating a greener future.
One should recall the following slogan, “Save Environment, Save Earth” Happy World Environment Day 🙂