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June 5 is World Environment Day. celebrates by paying attention to the annual theme (see below), revisiting the winners of the Colibri Ecotourism Award, and by updating a bevy of resources, including our Google Doc index of parks and protected areas.

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the event,

The 2023 World Environment Day campaign Solutions to Plastic Pollution calls for solutions to combat plastic pollution.

Planeta will be updating our guide to plastic recycling / plastic alternatives. Suggestions encouraged.

Key Links

Questions // Preguntas

  • How is ‘World Environment Day’ translated in other languages? Bonus points for Indigenous languages during the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. // ¿Cómo se traduce ‘Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente’ a otros idiomas? Puntos de bonificación para las lenguas indígenas durante la Década Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas.
  • What would insiders like outsiders to know about UNEP? // ¿Qué les gustaría que los de adentro supieran sobre el PNUMA?
  • What is the theme of 2024’s World Environment Day? // ¿Cuál es el tema del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente de 2024?

How to play: invites friends to share photos and videos of eco-friendly cities, food, parks, and plastic recycling / plastic alternatives as part of this year’s celebration.

Facebook – Share your World Environment Day plans on our Facebook group.

Some History
In 1972 the United Nations General Assembly established the first World Environment Day to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“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.”

World Environment Day Themes
2023 – Solutions to Plastic Pollution
2022 – Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature
2021 – Ecosystem Restoration
2020 – Biodiversity
2019 – Air Pollution
2018 – Beat Plastic Pollution
2017 – Connecting People to Nature
2016 – Go Wild for Life
2015 – Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care
2014 – Small Islands
2013 – Food Waste
2012 – Green Economy
2011 – Forests
2010 – Biodiversity
2009 – Climate Change
2008 – Low-Carbon Economies
2007 – Melting Ice
2006 – Deserts and Desertification
2005 – Green Cities
2004 – Seas and Oceans: Dead or Alive?
2003 – Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!
2002 – Give Earth a Chance
2001 – Connect with the World Wide Web of Life
2000 – The Environment Millennium: Time to Act
1999 – Our Earth: Our Future
1998 – For Life on Earth: Save Our Seas
1997 – For Life on Earth
1996 – Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
1995 – We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment
1994 – One Earth One Family
1993 – Poverty and the Environment: Breaking the Vicious Circle
1992 – Only One Earth, Care and Share
1991 – Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership
1990 – Children and the Environment
1989 – Global Warming; Global Warning
1988 – When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last
1987 – Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof
1986 – A Tree for Peace
1985 – Youth: Population and the Environment
1984 – Desertification
1983 – Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy
1982 – Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)
1981 – Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains
1980 – A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction
1979 – Only One Future for Our Children – Development Without Destruction
1978 – Development Without Destruction
1977 – Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation
1976 – Water: Vital Resource for Life
1975 – Human Settlements
1974 – Only one Earth

Translating: World Environment Day (additional translations welcome)
German: Weltumwelttag (also: Tag der Umwelt)
Swedish: Världsmiljödagen
Spanish: Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente
Chinanteco: (San Felipe Usila) Jhum kie la ta m qu
Mixteco (San Pedro Tida’a): Buaha Kiwi
Zapoteco: (Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca) Xchii guish-liu nabain
Russian: Всемирный день окружающей среды

World Environment Day


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