"World Environment Day"

Reconnecting you to nature

World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you. The theme for 2017 is 'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'. The host nation is Canada.  World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year, and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes.

World Environment Day celebrations arced across the planet on Monday, from a Jack Johnson concert in Canada and beach clean-ups on six continents to landmarks from China to Dubai turning green in solidarity with nature. Johnson and actor Adrian Grenier kicked off events on Sunday, calling on people around the world to connect with nature, appreciate how it sustains us, and make sure we do more to keep it safe.

“I encourage you all to get out there, get in nature, get in the ocean,” Grenier, who is also a strong advocate for ocean protection, said before Johnson took the stage in Toronto. “We can become a sea of change.”

The concert was a starting gun for thousands of World Environment Day activities rolling out across the planet, many of them linked to this year’s theme of ‘connecting people with nature.’ Nearly 1,700 events have been registered with UN Environment – likely a fraction of the overall total
. Canada was a focus because of its role as the official host of this year’s celebrations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Christine McKenna joined UN Environment chief Erik Solheim to connect with nature by paddling kayaks a safe distance from the famed Niagara Falls.

“Any day I get to kick off with a paddle is a great day,” Trudeau said, urging people to “go outside and connect with the environment we are fighting for.”

“The future is still bright for those who have the courage to confront hard truths … Canada will not back down from our commitment to fight climate change, and we are not alone,” he said.

Now we can aggressively plant many trees to mitigate our species' harms to the shared earth.


Reconnecting you to nature

On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

HistoryWorld Environment Day [WED] was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, resulting from discussions on the integration of human interactions and the environment. Two years later, in 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth". Even though WED celebrations have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.

World Environment Day

Official name     UN World Environment Day
Also called     
Eco Day, Environment Day, WED
 This day celebrates the natural environment and allows a global platform to raise awareness on the environmental issues worldwide, with plans to mitigate these issues as a global community.
Observances     Environment Protection
5 June
First time     
5 June 1974; 43 years ago

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to add activities related to the environment for saving it and also motivate the initiative of others in celebrating and protecting our lifeforms' ecological and biological relationships with our shared ecosystem.

A Platform for Action
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People's Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is connecting people to nature.

The Host
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is Canada.

In recent years, millions of people have taken part in thousands of registered activities worldwide. Please sign up so we can keep you updated on various activities.

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