June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action.
Curiously, this is a little known, big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests themed around caring for the planet. Official website: http://www.wed2016.com
This year’s theme: Go Wild for Life. Please help us translate this motto in other languages.
Translating: Go Wild for Life
Spanish: Ir por la vida salvaje
World Environment Day is one of the ways that the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The United Nations General Assembly established the first World Environment Day in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
“Stockholm was without doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism,” writes John McCormick in Reclaiming Paradise. “It was the first occasion on which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action.”
The celebration of WED began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment. Through WED, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) enables everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth, but also reminds one and all of their individual power to become agents of change.