World Environment Day (WED)

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

World Environmental Day


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

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 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.


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