World Environment Day

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2022 Date5 June 2022
2023 Date5 June 2023
World Environment Day

World Environment Day History

World Environment Day seeks to raise awareness about environmental issues. This day aims to encourage both people and nations to act. It hopes to curb climate change, minimize pollution, and create sustainable laws and goals to ensure the Earth’s health. This day further aims to reduce human consumption in order to reduce the overall impact on the global environment.

World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on June 5th. Additionally, a theme is chosen and a host country is selected.

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World Environment Day Facts

  • The official host country in 2021 was Pakistan. The theme is ecosystem restoration.
  • Top environmental issues to watch out for in 2021 include climate change, extreme temperatures and weather, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity.
  • According to, over 4.7 million hectares of forests are lost every year.
  • In a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 74% of U.S. adults said the country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment, while 23% said the country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment.

World Environment Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • The Environmental Media Association hands out awards each year. Take a look at the nominees and winners and consider trying yourself.
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