Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day to raise awareness about protecting the environment. The day has been designated by the United Nations (UN). It was first celebrated in the 1972 and has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated across the globe. The theme for this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and is asking the world to come together to combat single-use plastic pollution.

“Beat Plastic Pollution” urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.

Significance

World Environment Day has an international significance as the day gives us the opportunity to discuss various issues of the environment and come up with steps to save the planet and handle global warming and climate change.

Who is the Host Country?

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Erik Solheim, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment, jointly announced that India will be hosting the global World Environment Day celebrations on June 5, 2018. “Indian philosophy and lifestyle has long been rooted in the concept of co-existence with nature. We are committed towards making Planet Earth a cleaner and greener place,” said Dr. Vardhan.

How is it celebrated?

People all over the world will be planting trees and cleaning up their surroundings to celebrate nature and advocate environmental causes. The Government of India has committed to organizing and promoting the World Environment Day celebrations through a series of engaging activities and events generating strong public interest and participation. From pan-Indian plastic clean-up drives in public areas, national reserves and forests to simultaneous beach clean-up activities – India will lead the initiative by setting an example.