World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on 5 June to raise global awareness of the Environment And promote ways to protect the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. Many events take place worldwide during World Environment Day, in order to increase people’s awareness of how they can protect nature and the environment.
In Nepal Community Radio Stations (CRS) and the National TV & Radio were replaced by Environment Slogans and various programs on World Environment Day in collaboration with UNESCO. The Gurkha Army was also sent to clean the environment. Zee News launched ‘My Earth, My Duty’ campaign, which entered the Limca Book of Records for a novel effort: for planting more than 7,300,000 trees in one single day across 34 cities and 250,000 villages on 25 August 2010. NDTV launched “Greenathon” Campaign, which was India’s first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment. Student also attended reforestation programmes with the supervision of SOS Villages and Nepal Government. Many Arts and drawing competitions are held on environmental day and Nepal Government declares the Scholorship for 15 Students from every cities who have made a major contribution to the environment. In 2012, Project Earth, an Online Eco Platform teamed up with Rio+20 and Launched ‘ World Environment Day Global School Contest 2012 ‘ to promote awareness among today’s youth. Every country had a winner. Project GreenOman,The winner from Oman, was an Eco organization founded by Hridith Sudev and is a full-fledged kid’s Eco Organization now.Eco Action Day is also celebrated in Singapore to inspire individuals to reduce energy use at the workplace. poet/diplomat Abhay K also composed the World Environment Day “Earth Anthem” in 2013 to celebrate World Environment Day.
Each year World Environment Day has a different theme and the theme for 2015 is Sustainable Consumption and Production. The theme for 2014 was Small Islands and Climate Change while the theme for 2013 was Think.Eat.Save. This addressed the huge annual wastage and loss of food, which, if conserved, would release a large quantity of food as well as reduce the overall carbon footprint. The event also helped people make informed choices about the food they eat to reduce their ecological impact. The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day was Green Economy: Does it include you. This looked at whether peoples activities and lifestyles were compatible with a “Green Economy”. The theme for 2011 was Forests-Nature At Your Service. This event included beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more. The theme for 2010 was ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’, this celebrated the diversity of life on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and was hosted in Rwanda. World Environment Day 2009 was hosted in Mexico and The theme was ‘Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change’, and Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ was declared ‘World Environment Day Song’.
World Environment Day 2008 was hosted in New Zealand And the theme was CO2-Kick the Habit /towards a Low Carbon Economy. New Zealand, was also one of the first countries to pledge to achieve carbon neutrality, the event focussed on forest management as a tool for reducing greenhouse gases.Volunteers also handed out eco-friendly light-bulbs and eco-friendly shopping bags and stickers with the slogan I’m reducing my carbon footprint! The Chicago Botanic Garden served as the North American host for World Environment Day on 5 June 2008. Environmental causes have also featured in online games, and a free online game called Carbon Chomper was created for WED 2008. Similar environmental issue related and conservation themed games can be found at cleanuptheworld.org and gamesforchange.org
World Environment Day 2007 was held in the city of Tromsø, Norway, “The Gateway to the Arctic” and the topic was “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?” This focussed on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, on other ice- and snow-covered areas of the world, and the resulting global impacts. It suggested methods of sustainable and equitable development and siggested that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues and advocated ways to ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. The topic for World Environment Day 2006 was held in Algeria and the theme was Deserts and Desertification. This emphasised the importance of protecting drylands, which cover more than 40% of the planet’s surface. This ecosystem is home to one-third of the world’s people who are more vulnerable members of society. The theme for 2005 World Environment Day was Green Cities, and advocated ways to achieve a sustainable Urban Future which does not damage the environment.