Date: June 5
Organized By: UN
Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
Every year June 21st is observed as World Environment Day (also called as Environment Day, Eco Day). This day is observed to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The first World Environment Day was observed in 1974.
2017: Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator
2016: Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife (highlights the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife)
2015: One World, One Environment
2014: Small Island Developing States or “SIDS” and Raise your voice, not the sea level
2013: Think. Eat. Save. And slogan was Reduce Your Foodprint
2012: Green Economy: Does it include you?
2011: Forests: Nature at your Service
2010: Many Species. One Planet. One Future
2009: Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change
2008: CO2, Kick the Habit – Towards a Low Carbon Economy
2007: Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?
2006: Deserts and Desertification and slogan was Don’t Desert Drylands!
2005: Green Cities and slogan was Plan for the Planet!
2004: Wanted! Seas and Oceans and slogan was Dead or Alive?
2003: Water and slogan was 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 and slogan was Time to Act
1999: Our Earth – Our Future and slogan was Just Save It!
1998: For Life on Earth and slogan was 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 and slogan was 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
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 and slogan was 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
Actions and Programs
World Environment Day is one of the popular and wide spread observing UN Day with a participation of governments, local bodies, NGOs, communities, corporations and companies, schools and colleges, celebrities, etc.
Programs are conducted around the world to raise awareness and actions to protect our environment. Some of the programs includes planting trees, exhibitions, film presentations, street plays, street rallies and parades, clean-up campaigns, etc.