World Environment Day is a global phenomenon. Explore how India and different countries celebrate the day
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to spread awareness about the importance of our environment. It is an international day that encourages people to be more aware of the environment.
World Environment day is recognised as a day to spread awareness about the importance of trees in our lives. Celebrate world environment day by showing appreciation toward all forms of life and nature.
Let us look at how world environment day is celebrated around the world. Discover the global world environment day celebration.
World Environment Day Celebration in India
In India, World Environment Day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. People are asked to plant trees, reduce pollution and use natural resources in a sustainable manner. The day is celebrated to give importance to the environment and encourage people to take care of it.
On this day, people are asked not to litter or throw waste anywhere that can be harmful to the environment. This day was started in the year 1972, by then PM Indira Gandhi. June 5 has been declared as an official holiday in India since 1992.
India celebrates World Environment Day in a number of different ways.
- The Ministry of Environment & Forests organises a number of activities on this day that includes tree plantations, cleaning drives across the country and awareness campaigns for children on environmental issues. They also felicitate individuals who keep our environment clean.
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) organises an event called ‘Plant for Life’ every year where school children are encouraged to plant saplings on their campuses or homes. Through this event, they aim at planting one crore saplings over a period of two years across various schools in the country.
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organises an event called ‘Clean India’ on this day. It is a campaign to create awareness about the importance of clean surroundings and how it affects one’s health. The Ministry provides information about cleaning up public places like schools, offices, hospitals, railway stations etc. They also organise various events like cleanliness drives and exhibitions that showcase cleanliness practices and products that can be used for this purpose.
Global World Environment Day Celebrations
Sweden is hosting the global world environment celebrations this year. In commemoration of the 1972 UN Conference on Human Environment, Sweden and Kenya, along with UNEP and partners, will hold a high-level international meeting in Stockholm in 2022. The theme will be “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for prosperity for all – our responsibility, our opportunity.”
The United States celebrated World Environment Day by encouraging people to plant trees and preserve forests. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared June as National Tree Planting Month to recognize the importance of trees in our environment.
In the United Kingdom, World Environment Day is celebrated with a Tree Planting campaign where people are encouraged to plant trees in their neighbourhoods.
China celebrates World Environment Day with a campaign that runs throughout the year called “Green Heart for Green Beijing”. The campaign focuses on improving air quality and reducing pollution in Beijing, China’s capital city and largest metropolitan area. This campaign helps improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution from vehicles, industry, buildings and other sources.
The government of South Africa is going with the theme of ‘Think. Eat. Save’ this world environment day. The Think.Eat.Save campaign promotes reducing food waste and food loss. Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This is an amount equivalent to what is produced in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, more than twenty thousand children under the age of 5 die from hunger every day. As a result of hunger, 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry each night.
Sanjoli is currently working as a Content Strategist and has a Master’s degree in Fashion Journalism. She has contributed to publications like MensXP, Mindless Mag and Sustain: The Mag in the past. Conscious Charcha is her way of learning more about sustainability and spreading the word about a sustainable lifestyle.