World Environment Day (WED) is an annual global event that aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people worldwide to take action in the protection and preservation of our planet. Launched by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, it became an official event in 1974 to bring attention to environmental concerns such as pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and depletion of natural resources. Over the years, the event has blossomed into a platform for people, organizations, and governments to engage, share ideas, and collaborate towards a sustainable future for generations to come.
The history of World Environment Day can be traced back to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. This conference saw growing worldwide recognition for the need to address the various challenges facing our environment. Since its inception, WED has been hosted by various countries and has adopted different themes each year, focusing on specific environmental concerns such as 'Melting Ice - a Hot Topic?' in 2007, 'Green Economy: Does it include you?' in 2012, and 'Beat Air Pollution' in 2019.
Observed annually on June 5th, WED acts as a call to action for individuals, communities, and governments to raise awareness and implement changes for the betterment of our environment. The event has a lasting impact on people around the world, including South Africa, by uniting them in addressing and tackling environmental issues that directly affect our lives and the world we inhabit.
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