Photo: James Wheeler, Moraine Lake
Curiously, this is a little known big celebration, simply off the radar for those not in the know until it’s already over.
Internationally the event engages people across the globe in 70+ countries. Every year, participants 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.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, urges people to get outdoors and into nature. Learn more about this year’s theme on the World Environment Day website.
This year’s theme: Connecting People to Nature
Please help us translate this motto in other languages. Bonus points for translations into Indigenous languages.
Afrikaans: Verbindende mense na die natuur
French: Relier les gens à la nature
Spanish: Conectando a la gente con la naturaleza
Swedish: Ansluta människor till naturen
Welsh: Cysylltu Pobl i Natur
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. This year it is Canada.
Its rich and spectacular natural heritage is a source of pride and identity for Canadians. Abundant natural resources also support the country’s economic prosperity – through tourism as well as sustainable use – and the health and well-being of its 36 million inhabitants.
World Environment Day is an important part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. As part of the festivities, Canada offers free passes for its national parks throughout 2017.
Read more about the host country on the World Environment Day website.
— Environment Canada (@environmentca) June 2, 2017
WED #2 Knox Park Murwillumbah. https://t.co/H8OWccn6Jz
— Big Volcano (@BigVolcano) June 4, 2017
— Rohan Chakravarty (@thetoonguy) June 4, 2017
Great to see bicycle sharing and solar panels side-by-side in Toronto!
Action by cities is critical in combating pollution. pic.twitter.com/Imh8yab6g9
— Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) June 4, 2017
— Ron Mader (@ronmader) June 5, 2017
What are your favorite nature apps?
Are there any live videos recorded for World Environment Day?
What are the connections with #30DaysWild?
In this Year of Open, what environmental resources – news, artwork, presentations – are available with open access?
What sort of nature, cultural and digital connections might be explored in tandem with World Tourism Day and the International year of Sustainable Tourism?
What would Canadians like visitors to know about Canada’s parks and protected areas, wildlife and conservation strategies? = Que les Canadiens aimeraient les visiteurs à connaître les parcs et les aires protégées du Canada, la vie sauvage et les stratégies de conservation?
So while our increasing urbanisation – and the hectic lifestyle that often accompanies it –may threaten to numb our connection with nature, we can choose to stay very much awake to this symbiotic relationship. We can seek out first-hand experiences with nature, and engage in activities that encourage others to do so. – Inger Anderson, Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature @IUCN