World Environment Day 2022 focuses on one Earth. Here is its history and meaning

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World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year around the world. It is the most important day for environmental action and transformative change to preserve the planet. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) organizes World Environment Day events each year to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the environment.

Theme for World Environment Day 2022: One Earth

On June 5, the world celebrated the first World Environment Day under the theme “One Earth”. (Photo: UNEP website)

The first World Environment Day was celebrated with the slogan “One Earth” 50 years ago. Five decades later, this remains true as the Earth is still our only home and humanity must protect its limited resources. The 2022 World Environment Day Global Campaign uses the #OnlyOneEarth theme to call for transformative changes in policies and choices to enable cleaner, greener and more sustainable living in harmony with nature.

History and significance

In 1972, the first United Nations Conference on the Environment brought together Indira Gandhi. During the conference, a set of principles, the Stockholm Declaration and Plan of Action and several other resolutions were adopted by the participants. The Stockholm Conference also marked the creation of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

“The idea of ​​World Environment Day originated 50 years ago at the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. It grew out of the understanding that we must stand up to protect the environment. air, land and water, on which we all depend,” said Inger Andersen, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, in a message on the occasion. of World Environment Day 2022.

Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated annually and has become an important platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Led by UNEP, more than 150 countries participate in the events each year. Major corporations, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments and celebrities around the world come together under one banner to champion environmental causes.

World Environment Day 2022 host country: Sweden

World Environment Day is held every year in a different country where celebrations and meetings take place. The host country this year is Sweden. A high-level international meeting will be organized this year with the support of UNEP and partners.

The meeting is entitled “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for prosperity for all – our responsibility, our opportunity”. It will be held on June 2 and 3, 2022. The most pressing environmental issues will be highlighted through the events.

“This movement that began in 1972 is now at a critical juncture. It’s now or never. Because we are one people and we have one land. We have only one one home. And it’s worth fighting for,” Andersen said in his post.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)

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