World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5.
The Day is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
Each year, World Environment Day has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments, and celebrities worldwide adapt to advocate environmental causes.
This year the theme is "Biodiversity". Biological diversity is the variety of life on Earth, within species, between species and across ecosystems. We are part of biodiversity and depend completely on it for our livelihoods and well-being. The biological world provides a huge array of goods including food, fibres, fuels and medicines, as well as vital ecosystem services such as maintaining climate stability, and cleaning air and water.
Halting the loss of biodiversity is one the major challenges of the twenty-first century. It is a vast issue, relevant to us all and demanding awareness and action at all levels, from local to global. Unfortunately, public understanding of biodiversity’s importance is often limited. Despite being crucial for our well-being and survival, many people are not sure what biodiversity is or feel disconnected from it.
Read what the European Union is doing to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems.
All together we should work for a better future!!!