World Environment Day 2022

World Environment Day 2022

On June 5, World Environment Day is commemorated to encourage people to safeguard the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the main organization behind this event. UNEP organizes a variety of events to increase awareness about how and why we should pay more attention to the environment through individual participation and community meetings. Let us discuss about the highlights of World Environment Day 2022.

Increasing resource exploitation and pollution are two of the most serious threats to the environment. The UNEP has designated June 5 as World Environment Day to ensure that people all across the world are aware of this.

History of World Environment Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared World Environment Day on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, following debates on the integration of human interactions and the environment. The inaugural Eco Day was held two years later, in 1974, with the theme “Only One Earth.”

FORMER UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL JAVIER PÉREZ DE CUÉLLAR PLANTS A TREE AT UN HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 1986

World Environment Day has been promoting awareness, encouraging action, and driving environmental change for nearly five decades.

World Environment Day Anthem by Abhay K

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
the most beautiful planet in the universe
all the continents and all the oceans
united we stand as flora and fauna
united we stand as species of one earth
different cultures, beliefs and ways
we are humans, the earth is our home
all the people and the nations of the world
all for one and one for all
united we unfurl the blue marble flag.
Image credits : India.com

Host cities

YearThemeHost city
1974Only one Earth during Expo ’74Spokane, United States
1975Human SettlementsDhaka, Bangladesh
1976Water: Vital Resource for LifeOntario, Canada
1977Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil DegradationSylhet, Bangladesh
1978Development Without DestructionSylhet, Bangladesh
1979Only One Future for Our Children – Development Without DestructionSylhet, Bangladesh
1980A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without DestructionSylhet, Bangladesh
1981Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food ChainsSylhet, Bangladesh
1982Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)Dhaka, Bangladesh
1983Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and EnergySylhet, Bangladesh
1984DesertificationRajshahi, Bangladesh
1985Youth: Population and the EnvironmentIslamabad, Pakistan
1986A Tree for PeaceOntario, Canada
1987Environment and Shelter: More Than A RoofNairobi, Kenya
1988When People Put the Environment First, Development Will LastBangkok, Thailand
1989Global Warming; Global WarningBrussels, Belgium
1990Children and the EnvironmentMexico City, Mexico
1991Climate Change. Need for Global PartnershipStockholm, Sweden
1992Only One Earth, Care and ShareRio de Janeiro, Brazil
1993Poverty and the Environment – Breaking the Vicious CircleBeijing, People’s Republic of China
1994One Earth One FamilyLondon, United Kingdom
1995We the Peoples: United for the Global EnvironmentPretoria, South Africa
1996Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our HomeIstanbul, Turkey
1997For Life on EarthSeoulRepublic of Korea
1998For Life on Earth – Save Our SeasMoscowRussian Federation
1999Our Earth – Our Future – Just Save It!Tokyo, Japan
2000The Environment Millennium – Time to ActAdelaide, Australia
2001Connect with the World Wide Web of LifeTorino, Italy and Havana, Cuba
2002Give Earth a ChanceShenzhen, People’s Republic of China
2003Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!Beirut, Lebanon
2004Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?Barcelona, Spain
2005Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!San Francisco, United States
2006Deserts and Desertification – Don’t Desert Drylands!Algiers, Algeria
2007Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?London, England
2008Kick The Habit – Towards A Low Carbon EconomyWellington, New Zealand
2009Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate ChangeMexico City, Mexico
2010Many Species. One Planet. One FutureRangpur, Bangladesh
2011Forests: Nature at your ServiceDelhi, India
2012Green Economy: Does it include you?Brasilia, Brazil
2013Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your FoodprintUlaanbaatar, Mongolia
2014Raise your voice, not the sea levelBridgetown, Barbados
2015Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.Rome, Italy
2016Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife tradeLuanda, Angola
2017Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equatorOttawa, Canada
2018Beat Plastic PollutionNew Delhi, India
2019Beat Air PollutionChina
2020Time for NatureColombia
2021Ecosystem restorationPakistan
2022Only One EarthSweden
Source : Wikipedia

Stockholm+50

The United Nations General Assembly has called for an international summit called (Stockholm+50) to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from June 2-3, 2022. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which for the first time made the environment a major global concern.

Participants from 122 countries adopted a set of environmental principles, including the Stockholm Declaration and Action Plan for the Human Environment. As a result of the summit, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established. Now, 50 years later, the world is facing a triple planetary catastrophe of climate change, pollution and waste, loss of nature and biodiversity, and other planetary problems that are harming current and future wealth and wellbeing.

Image credits : Great Green Projects

As the world has witnessed all too clearly in COVID-19, an unhealthy earth poses a threat to human health, wealth, equality, and peace. It also jeopardizes the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Stockholm+50 will be hosted by Sweden, with Kenya’s support. It will take place the same week as World Environment Day, which takes place every year on June 5th and is also a result of the 1972 event.

Theme of World Environment Day 2022

“Only One Earth” is the theme for World Environment Day 2022. It advocates for policy and lifestyle reforms that enable cleaner, greener, and more sustainable living in harmony with nature. It will focus on the importance of living sustainably and in peace with nature, as well as our options for transitioning to a greener lifestyle through policy and individual choices.

Every year, a different country hosts World Environment Day, which includes celebrations and meetings. Sweden is the host country this year.

People all across the world celebrate World Environment Day (WED) in a variety of ways, including planting trees, cleaning up local beaches, organizing meetings, and participating in online protests.

World environment day is organized in schools or colleges and make students and children aware about protecting the environment. They are encouraged to plant tree samplings at home or schools. In addition they are promoted to create posters and similar works for understanding and spreading the awareness about this day. It helps them to engage in environmental protection from a very young age and build a responsible future generation.

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