World Environment Day 2013
Day commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through
which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political
attention and action. Each year, the event has a host country as well as a theme chosen by the United
The theme for this year's Word Environment Day 2013 celebration
is Think. Eat. Save. Think. Eat. Save is an anti-food waste and food
loss campaign that encourage you to reduce your foodprint. According
to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), every year
1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted, This is equivalent to
the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the
same time , 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and
more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
World Environment Day is designed to: 1. give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development;
2 promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and
3. advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
World Environment Day 2012
World Environment Day on June 5, 2012 is committed to eco-friendly action in communities around the globe. The theme for 2012
is “Green Economy: Does it include you?” To coincide with the global
commemorations, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held this year in Rio de Janeiro.
UNEP defines a Green Economy as 'one that results in improved human
well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental
risks and ecological scarcities.' The Green Economy is driven by public and private investments that
reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of
biodiversity and ecosystem services. World Environment Day 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the event which
was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the
opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
For the last forty years, local communities have been celebrating World
Environment Day with arts competitions and exhibitions for film, visual
art, poetry and drama, athletic competitions, ceremonies, concerts, flash mobs, street rallies, bicycle parades, tree planting, clean-up
campaigns, and environmental education and awareness presentations.
The theme of 2013
is Think, Eat. Save.
The Himalya ice is melting due to global warming. The topic for World Environment Day for 2007 is "Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?"
The theme for 2012 is “Green Economy: Does it include you?”
World Environment Day 2012 in India
World Environment Day
being celebrated in India this year on June 5, 2011. India's rapid economic growth over the last decade has come with a huge
environmental cost. Based on domestic studies, it is estimated economic
costs of environmental damage range from 3.5 percent to 7.5 percent of the country's total economic output.
Much of the cost in India is caused by Environment Pollution ,
Air pollution , Plastic Pollution
water contamination in rivers as River Ganga (गंगा)
and River Yamuna (यमुना) , lack of Clean and Safe Drinking Water Quality solid wastes, Large scale illegal mining in India as well as deforestation.
Failure to tackle green issues could hurt growth: Ecologists Roychowdhury said the government's "lack of focus" to save the country's
forests, water bodies and environment may hamper sustainable, long-term
growth of the economy. "Currently there is no blueprint on how the
government will tackle key environmental issues."
"Environment is always a back bencher in our country. We are
overshadowed by (economic) growth," regrets renowned river expert KalyanRudra.
He expressed disappointment over the central government not giving
emphasis on tackling the on-going environmental issues in the country
like skewed rainfall, trend of retreating monsoon and depletion of groundwater.
The State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications (SIEP) is bringing out
an Encyclopaedia on Environmental Sciences on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5. The encyclopaedia is a collection of articles
on ecology, and environment-related issues.
World Environment Day 2011
World Environment Day
was celebrated on June 5, 2011 at stimulating worldwide awareness on the environment and
encouraging political attention and action. The theme of the 2011 celebration is “Forests: Nature at Your Service”.
The Cross River Government plans to plant five million trees to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day, says Mr Edward
Gekpe, the Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Environment.
World Environment Day 2011 in India
Mumbai: This year India has been chosen as
the Global Host for WED and the theme for the year is “Forests: Nature at Your Service”. Based on this theme, Bombay Natural History Society
(BNHS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests
(MoEF), Government of India and United Nations Environmental Programme
(UNEP) is organizing a host of activities such as exhibitions at suburban railway terminals, a seminar on trees and a book launch.
BNHS, with support from MoEF, is organizing three-day exhibitions at
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Churchgate railway station in Mumbai.These exhibitions will be primarily run by volunteers and BNHS
experts who will interact with more than 3000 commuters per location every day.The aim of the exhibition is to sensitize Mumbaikars about
the deterioration of Mumbai's environment. The exhibition includes themes such as Urban Biodiversity; Air, Water and Noise Pollution; Green
Zones of Mumbai; Extinct Wildlife of Mumbai; Citizens’ Initiatives; Death of Mumbai's Seashore; Mangroves and the Magic of 3Rs (Reduce,
Reuse and Recycle). BNHS, in association with the National Society of the Friends of the
Trees, has organized a Seminar on “Importance of Trees” at Hornbill House auditorium on June 2, 2011.
ChennaiI: In a bid to spread awareness among the students on the
importance of caring for the environment, a day-long camp is being organised in Taramani on June 4.
The camp, which is jointly organised by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
(MSSRF) and Federation of Science Clubs of Tamil Nadu (FSCT), in association with Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE), Loyola
College, Chennai at MSSRF, Taramani, will sensitise the youngsters on
the serious impacts of deforestation and forest degradation and on preservation of ecosystems, according to President, Federation of
Science Clubs of Tamil Nadu (FSCT), J Daniel Chellappa. Interestingly, the camp is organised on the eve of the World Environment
Day, which falls on June 5.,’ he said.
Patna: Bihar plans to plant six thousand saplings in each panchayat
in the state by launching a new social forestry programme under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation
Act(MNREGA). Bihar government will launch a programme on June 5, the World Environment Day,
to promote afforestation under MNREGA.
Delhi: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with
the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), is organizing a one-day Media Workshop in New Delhi, India, the host of
World Environment Day 2011. The workshop is organized under the banner of UNEP's Reporting Green
series, which aims to provide journalists with in-depth knowledge and
access to information about pressing environmental issues.
World Environment Day 2010
World Environment Day 2010 in Pittsburgh marked the 37th
annual celebration. Last year's celebration took place in Omaha, Nebraska.
Pittsburgh has been selected as the North American host city by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to join World Environment
Day 2010. Pittsburgh-area government officials, business indexes,
organizations and individuals will schedule a series of World Environment Day events, as well as events taking place during the six
weeks that “bridge the gap” between Earth Day on April 22 and World Environment Day on June 5.
The events will highlight the theme for celebrations in Pittsburgh,
?Many Species: One Planet, One Future? And it will focus on
?Biodiversity- Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy?.
World Environment Day 2010 in India
To mark the World Environment Day, a two-day
festival held with film screenings on wildlife and 'ecoart' workshops being the highlights. The 'Ecofest 2010' organised by the American
Centre with a dance workshop, an 'ecopuppet' performance, 'Little Blue Planet', by
'kathkatha' group as well as a jazz fusion programme 'ecorhythm'. The June 4-5 festival
organized art and craft workshops using handmade
and waste paper, documentary and film screenings on wildlife and water apart from 'ecohaat' -- a display of ecofriendly bags, T-shirts, toys,
decorative items and an 'ecocafe' -- featuring dishes with at least one organic ingredient.
Every year, on June 5, the world remembers and celebrates the
concern for environment in the form of the World Environment Day. But why are we
not getting the practice of managing our environment right? Why is it
that our rivers are still so polluted and getting worse, even as the
government allocates money for river conservation? The problem is that
we still do not have the formula for cleaning our rivers the right way. says Sunita Narain on June 04, 2010.
Take Delhi and its river tale: Delhi has already spent a huge amount on
cleaning the small stretch of the Yamuna, which flows through the city.
Some Rs 1,500 crore - which is possibly the highest amount in the
country, if not the world has been spent on cleaning - this 22 km
stretch of the river. But, all this has meant little. The city spends
and will spend much more. But, it's just money down the drain as
pollution only increases. The river, by all pollution parameters, is dead. It just has not been officially cremated.
World Environment Day 2009
“Your Planet Needs You!” is the theme for 2009. Mexico will
serve as the host country and Omaha will serve as North America’s host city. Many events will take place across the globe for World Environment Day. One such
event is the worldwide showing of a highly anticipated film, HOME, featuring
renowned photographer Yann Arthus- Bertrand. The beautifully made movie will be shown in more than 100 locations worldwide.
Another anticipated event of the 2009 World Environment Day is the launch of Climate Heroes. This
program highlights people who go above and beyond the “Your Planet Needs You!”
Just a few of the amazing individuals that will be featured include Roz Savage,
who is rowing across the Pacific Ocean, Charles and Sho Scott, who are biking
through Japan and David de Rothschild, who is building a boat out of recycled
plastic that will cross the Pacific.
World Environment Day 2009 in India
celebrated World Environment Day on Friday along with other countries.The President's speech on
June 4 indicated that the government was increasingly finding environmental concerns a roadblock in pushing its growth mantra
Minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh has just announced that there are huge funds lying with the ministry which he
plans to invest in afforestation to green India. It could be a distinctive feature of the new Parliament, heralding a major thrust
on environment. But the issue is implementation. Greening India was announced five years ago by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but
nothing much happened.
World Environment Day 2008
To keep solutions and the opportunities at the core of agenda for countries,
companies and communities to kick the habit and de-carbonise their economies and
life-styles, the slogan for 2008 has been selected after much deliberations as
“Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.”
The United Nations urged the world to kick an all-consuming addiction to carbon dioxide and said everyone must take steps to
fight climate change. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said global warming was becoming the defining
issue of the era and will hurt rich and poor alike.
"Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit," Ban said in a statement
to mark World Environment Day, which is being marked by events around the globe
and hosted by the New Zealand city of Wellington.
"Addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny
important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions," he said in
the speech to reinforce this year's World Environment Day theme of
"CO2 Kick the Habit".
"Whether you are an individual, an organization, a business or a government,
there are many steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. It is a message we all must take to heart," he said.
The World Environment Day will also highlight resources and initiatives that
promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and
eco- friendly consumption.
On this day Prime Ministers, Ministers of Environment and other significant
dignitaries deliver statements and commit themselves to care for the Earth.
Serious pledges are made to lead the establishment of permanent governmental
structures dealing with environmental management and economic planning.
World Environment Day 2007
The topic for World Environment Day for 2007 is "Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?" During International Polar Year, WED 2007 focuses 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. The main international celebrations of the WED 2007 will be held in the City of
Tromsø, Norway, a city north of the Arctic Circle self-styled as "The Gateway to the Arctic".
The UNEP statement on WED 2007 states:
The day's agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more
prosperous future. World Environment Day is a people's event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns.
World Environment Day History
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General
Assembly in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to
the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Since 1972, 36 World Environment Day celebrations have been held around the globe.
On this World Environment Day, let us examine the state of our environment. Let us consider carefully the actions which each of us
must take, and then address ourselves to our common task of preserving all life on earth in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence.
World Environment Day Themes
- Green Economy: Does it include you?
2011 Theme - Forests: Nature at Your Service
2010 Theme - Biodiversity ? Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy?
2009 Theme - "Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change"
2008 Theme - "Kick The Habit - Towards A Low Carbon Economy"
2007 Theme - "Melting Ice ? a Hot Topic?"
2006 Theme - "Deserts and Desertification - Don't Desert Drylands!"
2005 Theme - "Green Cities ? Plan for the Planet!"
2004 Theme - "Wanted! Seas and Oceans ? Dead or Alive?"
2003 Theme - "Water ? Two Billion People are Dying for It!"
2002 Theme - "Give Earth a Chance"
2001 Theme - "Connect with the World Wide Web of Life"
2000 Theme - "The Environment Millennium - Time to Act"
1999 Theme - "Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!"
1998 Theme - "For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas"
1997 Theme - "For Life on Earth"
1996 Theme - "Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home"
1995 Theme - "We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment"
1994 Theme - "One Earth One Family"
1993 Theme - "Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious Circle"
1992 Theme - "Only One Earth, Care and Share"
1991 Theme - "Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership"
1990 Theme - "Children and the Environment"
1989 Theme - "Global Warming; Global Warning"
1988 Theme - "When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last"
1987 Theme - "Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof"
1986 Theme - "A Tree for Peace"
1985 Theme - "Youth: Population and the Environment"
1984 Theme -"Desertification"
1983 Theme - "Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy"
1982 Theme - "Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)"
1981 Theme - "Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains"
1980 Theme - "A New Challenge for the New Decade:Development Without Destruction"
1979 Theme - "Only One Future for Our Children -Development Without Destruction"
1978 Theme - "Development Without Destruction"
1977 Theme - "Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation"
1976 Theme - "Water: Vital Resource for Life"
1975 Theme - "Human Settlements"
1974 Theme - "Only one Earth"