The theme for World Environment Day : ‘biodiversity’
World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest, most globally celebrated day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It is also known as Environment Day, Eco Day, or WED. It is a spectacular annual event focusing on environmental issues and trying to resolve them completely. It has been celebrated all over the world with many creative activities and enthusiasm to bring positive changes in the environment. Its purpose is to protect the natural environment on Earth for a healthy possibility of life.
Firstly it was celebrated in 1974 to raise awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change.
It aims to attract and attract the attention of millions of people, including political and health organizations from various countries around the world so that they can formulate new plans and implement them accordingly. In order to control the negative environmental changes, it is very important to pay attention to issues like wastage and loss of food, increasing global warming, deforestation, pollution, industrialization, etc.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern.
The theme invites people to think about how they are part of nature and how intimately they depend on it. It challenges people to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship. Last year the theme was “Beat the Air Pollution” and the host was China.
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Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps to highlight the environmental challenges it faces and supports the effort to address them. This year Colombia is the global host of 2020 World Environment Day.
2020 is a critical year for nations’ commitments to preserving and restoring biodiversity, with China hosting the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming.
“In Colombia we will face an important challenge in 2020, and it is to host the 3rd and last OEWG [open-ended working group] meeting of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework before the COP in China. In Colombia, we are willing to work together to reach an agreement that allows us to move forward positively towards ambitious results in the COP that will meet us in China; we welcome Germany’s gesture of support in this global effort and look forward to a successful collaboration,” said Ricardo Lozano, Colombia’s Environment Minister.
According to a landmark report, this year by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems are projected to undermine progress towards 80 percent of the assessed targets of the Sustainable Development Goals related to poverty, hunger, health, sustainable consumption and production, water, cities, climate, oceans, and land.
World Environment Day Anthem
An Earth Anthem penned by poet Abhay K is sung to celebrate World Environment Day.
It was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, the Union Ministers of India, at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.
World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you. So how will you “connect with nature” on 5 June?