World Environment Day (WED) is observed on June 5 every year to promote awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity, the need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action. It was on this day in the year 1972 that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was formed. First celebrated in 1973, Environment Day is used as a means to tackle environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency.
World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. The theme for World Environment Day 2013 is “reduce your foodprint.”
World Environment Day has received tremendous support from the public, non-profit organizations and governments around the world. Various awareness campaigns — beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more — are organized to spread the message, which is to improve the quality of life for all living beings on this planet without harming nature.
The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
World Environment Day enables everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. This is a Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.