Today is World Environment Day. This is a day designated by the UN for people around the world to consider their impact on the environment.
Devised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June. The aim is to encourage people around the world to consider their impact on the environment, both positive and negative, and to engage people in taking action to protect the environment.
This year’s theme is ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’ This comes as the world’s ever-increasing population puts more strain on the Earth’s limited natural resources than ever before. The idea behind the theme is to educate people with regards to the worrying fact that we continue to consume more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide.
The UNEP is also hopeful that this day will help people to understand that while individual actions may seem small, together really do add up and could make be the key to our survival on this planet:
“I would like everyone to image what the world would be like if each of the 7 billion people made one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources. I would like you to hold on to that vision and strive to make it reality – be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work. WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.”
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme
Are you celebrating World Environment Day in school this year? Will your class be learning about how we can all make a difference? Perhaps they will learn about recycling and reducing our carbon footprint? We would love to hear about whatever you are doing, please feel free to leave a comment below, or tweet us!
We offer a range of school geography trips that will highlight to your students the importance of protecting the wonderful world that we live in. Take them to see a remarkable geological wonder in the Bay of Naples or Iceland; or visit India or China to learn more about how humans interact with the landscape.