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World Environment Day Celebrated - 05 June 2011

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Information adapted from the UNEP Environmental Programme www.unep.org/wed/WEDpack/ June 04, 2011
2011 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Forests with the theme, Forests: Nature at Your Service. This theme reinforced the many indispensable life sustaining values that forests provide and the essential link between our quality of life and the health of forest ecosystems.

According to the UN, the present and future for 7 billion of the world's population, will depend on conserving and restoring our world's forest. On World Environmental Day, the UN charged us with the responsibility, to continue, with resolve and commitment to preserve our forest, so that we may continue to enjoy the important services that forests provide, in our generation and the next.

Background

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the opening of the 1972 Stockholm Conference.

Celebrating WED is about the inspirational power of individual actions that collectively become an exponential force for positive change.

WED thematic celebrations have in the past included caring for the earth and water, the ozone layer, climate change, desertification and sustainable development, to mention a few.

WED is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.

Why celebrate World Environment Day?

World Environmental Day is a celebration of the importance of caring for the environment. Positive action is imperative, so join the cause: every year, to preserve our beautiful environment.
Negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation, reflect on governments for not prioritizing environmental policy; corporate organizations for raising greenhouse gas emissions; NGOs for not lobbying strongly enough for the environment; and individuals for not taking action. World Environmental Day however is a day to put aside differences and instead celebrate the achievements made towards protecting the environment.
By celebrating WED, we remind ourselves and others. Back to Main Story

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