World Environment Day 2022

5June 2022.


The World Environment Day 2022 was observed on June 5. It is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

World Environment Day :

The World Environment Day is celebrated raise awareness on degrading environmental conditions as well as to encourage people worldwide to take positive environmental actions in order to help in creating a better future.

Origin of World Environment Day;

  • The United Nations Conference on Human Environment or the Stockholm conference was held in 1972.
  • It was the first world conference with environment as its major agenda.
  •  It declared “right to live in a healthy environment” as “basic human right”. With this, the idea of World Environment Day was formalized.
  •  This conference also led to the creation of United Nations Environment Programme.

Significance of the Day

  • In the last century, progress of mankind led to a massive increase in exploitation of natural resources.
  •  Environmental issues like climate change, marine pollution, and depletion of flora and fauna have only increased with passing decade.
  •  Thus, World Environment Day has become a global platform for people to participate in several campaigns to spread awareness on environmental protection.
  • This day is celebrated under a specific theme and slogan that addresses the major environmental concern of the time.
  • Year 2022 is more significant because it marks 50 years since 1972 Stockholm conference.

Host country:

The World Environment Day is hosted by a different country each year. For year 2022, Sweden is the host country.

Slogan of the day:

Slogan for World Environment Day 2022 is “Only One Earth”. It focuses on living sustainably in harmony with nature.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • UNEP was established by Maurice Strong, following the June 1972 United Nations Conference on Human Environment.
  • It is responsible for coordinating responses to environmental issues. Maurice Strong was its first director.

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