World Environment Day 2022 : History, Significance & Importance

By PARUL RISHI|Updated : June 5th, 2022

World Environment Day 2022: Globally, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June and owing to the concerning environmental changes and increasing environmental crisis this day is of utmost importance across the globe. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) organises events for World Environment Day every year to spread awareness and encourage action for the protection of the environment.

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it". - Robert Swan"

Amid raising the environmental concerns because of pollution and climate change, The purpose of World Environment Day is to spread awareness about the threat to the environment and measures that can be taken to tackle this issue. To inspire positive changes in the environment, the first Environment Day was celebrated in 1974.

The theme for last year's World Environment Day was - Ecosystem Restoration, as addressing climate change and species extinction is critical to ecosystem restoration. The United Nations decided in 1987 to rotate the host country for this day's ceremonies. In 2021, Pakistan hosted the global host of the day in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

History of World Environment Day 2022

World Environment Day has been around since 1974. The concept of World Environment Day has conceived 50 years ago at the Stockholm United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. It sprang from the realisation that we must take action to protect the air, land, and water on which we all rely. In a message for World Environment Day 2022, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen remarked. Participants endorsed a set of principles, the Stockholm Declaration and Action Plan, and several other resolutions at the meeting. The United Nations Environment Programme was also established at the Stockholm Conference (UNEP). Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India, attended the first United Nations Conference on Environment in 1972. 

World Environment Day has been observed annually since 1974, and it has grown in importance as a platform for advocating progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals' environmental goals. Each year, nearly 150 countries take part in the festivities, which are organised by the UNEP. Environmental causes are championed by large corporations, non-governmental organisations, towns, governments, and celebrities all around the world. 

Significance and Importance of World Environment Day 2022

The major goal of World Environment Day is to raise awareness about environmental issues and to remind people that nature should not be taken for granted. According to the United Nations, this day gives a chance to extend the basis for informed opinion and responsible behaviour by communities, businesses, and individuals in the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

World Environment Day 2022

This year World Environment Day will be celebrated on the theme of "Only one Earth" where different Governments, NGOs and citizen joins hands together for the betterment of the environment and to create a sustainable environment for future generations. 

This year the host country is Sweden where, "Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for everyone's prosperity - our responsibility, our opportunity" is the theme of the gathering. It will take place on June 2 and 3, 2022. The events will highlight the most pressing environmental challenges.
"This movement, which began in 1972, is now at a crossroads. It's a case of now or never. Because we are a single person with a single planet. We only have one place to call home. And that is something worth fighting for "In her speech, Andersen stated.

What can you do for Mother Nature?

  • Stop using plastic in your daily life.
  • Plant a tree every year.
  • Reduce...Recycle...Reuse.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Don't throw garbage anywhere.
  • Take the initiative to keep your society clean and maintain hygiene. 

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another". - Mahatma Gandhi

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