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World Environment Day




  • hummingbird-73World Environment Day is an important day in the calendar of the United Nations. It is one of the avenues the United Nations uses to advocate for environmental protection and call for political action on the same. This important day helps to promote the ways that can be adopted to improve on the environment, for instance investing in more forest cover. The celebration or observance is held on 5th June every year. There is immense disparity in the way this crucial day is celebrated in different countries. Among these ways include street rallies, parades, tree planting, concerts and environment cleanup campaigns. In countries such as the UK and the United States, this day is used to call on the political class to up their game and take serious action towards improving the environment. This day, otherwise known as observance in the United Nations Circles, offers an opportunity to ratify or even sign international environmental conservations. While this day is celebrated worldwide, the United Nations World Environment day is not a public holiday, and celebrating it will not impair on the daily running/operations of businesses.

    Background

    The World Environment Day was established by the UN general assembly as a unique way of marking the UN General Assembly conference that was held in   Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. In this same meeting,   another resolution was adopted – which led to the formation of the UNEP. This day is held all over the world and it is commemorated in June 5th every year. Expositions are held throughout the week leading up to June 5th.

    Symbols Associated With UN World Environment Day

    The main symbols of this celebration are natural colors. These colors depict nature, the earth and the natural resources that are found therein. More often, some of these colors are blue, green, and natural brown. Images that depict natural earth are unpolluted rivers, clean beaches, snowy mountains, natural flora and fauna and many more.  One or several of these images can be used to promote campaigns that support the day.

    Theme of the UN Environment Day

    Every year, the  Environment Program of the United States develops  a theme  which is used  globally  to raise  awareness  and   galvanize  support from governments, organizations  and  individuals from all over the  world. The message is  intended to ask  all  concerned persons to focus  more on the threats that  the  environment face  globally and think of ways  that can help  to resolve these threats. The theme for 2015 was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. This will also serve as the slogan for the world environmental day 2015. The  meaning of this  theme  and  slogan is that  we have  seven  continents today  with more than  seven billion  people  combined. And because every human being lives with one   dream-live, eat and consume better. Most of the population cares nothing about the environment. One planet to consume with care means that although we have about 7 billion people, we just have one planet that we live and survive. The surface area is limited, shelter and   food also limited. If  we  continue using the  available  natural resources as  we  do today, our  future generations  may be  forced to  go hungry and  without homes. This is why it’s of vital importance to consume whatever food that’s available with care. Stop the wastage and use whatever resource that’s available according to need, not greed.

     The Day’s Anthem

    An anthem is provided for the World Environment Day. At the moment, the one in use was composed by Abhay K., who is an Indian poet cum diplomat. This anthem was officially ratified in 2013 and continues to be used to date.

    Theme and slogan for 2016

    “Join the race to make the world a better place” I the theme and slogan for 2016 UN World Environment day. This slogan carries a clear message and asks   everyone to get involved in making the world a better place to live in.

    Celebrity Endorsements and Media Campaigns

    Celebrities have played an important part of the society for many years now. Celebrities and media personalities have encouraged and put a lot of emphasis on the UN World Environment day. Well known celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen are known to have send distress calls to the entire world to come forward, join the team and help fight climate change. Radio and print journalists have also helped in creating awareness campaigns and asking people from all over the world to observe this day and act accordingly. The media personalities provide live coverage and also try reaching the general population through many other methods. In  countries  such as New Zealand  where this  day is marked in pomp  and  color, major media  outlets  launched  a massive campaign that was  dubbed “ My Earth, My Duty”  This has  been  one of the  most  successful campaigns  to mark  World Environment Day 2015. These media campaigns go a long way in asking for support from everyone to ensure that the world becomes a friendly place. With celebrities and  media taking part in  sensitization campaigns, there is no   doubt that more people  could be  encouraged  to get out of their  homes and  provide  help that is  aimed  at  ensuring that the  environment is  preserved for the  future generations.

    Participations and Effort by Children

    In some parts of the world, children are a critical part of celebrating the United Nation Environment Day. In Nepal Republic for instance, children and students from grade 1 all the way to a level are requested to attend and actively engage in forestry and related programs in their locality. Also, there are many competitions that are organized by the  government and  at the  end of the week  for commemorating the  World Environment Day, rewards are  offered to those  offered the most to the  program.

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