World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June. This day is the United Nations' way of encouraging people to love and protect the environment.
The first World Environment Day was held in 1974 and it has since been a platform for raising awareness on environmental issues such as marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. This day is a global platform for public outreach with participation from over 143 countries annually.
History of this day:
World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, which had resulted from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment.
Two years later, in 1974, the first World Environment Day (WED) was held with the theme "Only one Earth".
Even though WED celebrations have been held annually since 1974, the idea of hosting this day in a different country every year was put forth in 1987.
Theme of World Environment Day 2021:
The theme for WED 2021 is "Ecosystem Restoration" and it will be held in Pakistan. On this occasion, UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration will also be launched.
World Environment Day Anthem:
An Earth Anthem penned by poet Abhay K is sung to celebrate World Environment Day.
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
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