World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) runs it.
World Environment Day 2015 Theme: ‘Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care’
In Singapore, on every WED since 2007, the Eco Action Day is celebrated to inspire individuals to reduce energy use at the workplace.
Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, Union Ministers of India launched “Earth Anthem” by poet-diplomat Abhay K on the World Environment Day in June 2013 in New Delhi. It is in eight languages including all official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The other two languages are Hindi and Nepali.
Zee News launched ‘My Earth, My Duty’ campaign. This campaign has entered the Limca Book of Records for a novel effort: planting more than 7,300,000 trees in one single day across 34 cities and 250,000 villages on 25 August 2010. NDTV launched “Greenathon” Campaign. This campaign was launched in the year 2008 and served as India’s first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment.
Global Environment Status:
- One-third of all food produced globally each year—300 million tonnes—is wasted.
- This waste costs the global economy a staggering one trillion dollars a year.
- The edible food we discard could feed more than 800 million people in the world today.
- Our global food system is responsible for 80 per cent of deforestation and 70 per cent of freshwater consumption and is the largest single cause of species and biodiversity loss.
- A beef burger requires an incredible 2400 liters of water to produce. French fries require another 100 liters, not to mention the impact of pesticides and non-degradable
- Our global food consumption is already 150% the Earth’s carrying capacity. If current population and consumption trends continue, humanity will need the equivalent of two Earths to support itself by 2030.