World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event held to raise global awareness about the environment. It is run by the United Nations as part of the United Nations Environment Program and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world on the 5th of June.
Each year, there is a different theme for World Environment Day and in 2015 it is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. The premise behind this year’s theme is to encourage the world’s population to consider the impact of the economy on our planet. It also encourages them to consider their lifestyles and their personal impacts on the greater environment. It provides a call to action for people to do something positive for the environment.
There are a number of ways you can participate, help or simply celebrate World Environment Day this year. At an individual level, there are several things you can do on this day to help enact positive change.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is holding events across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle in the form of a tree planting challenge. Workplace teams compete to plant the most trees and shrubs whilst fundraising for Conservation Volunteers.
The Brickpit is a site that is usually closed to the public but on World Environment Day, there is a tour that is being conducted to take participants through the site and showing them the work that is being done on this industrial precinct to help conserve the area. Attendees will see first hand the environmental management controls that have been put in place to effect this change. Perfect for the outdoor adventurer, book to ensure you don’t miss out.
Since 1979, the Sunshine Coast Environmental Council (SCEC) has been hosting a World Environment Day Festival and it has become one of the longest running festivals of its type. The festival now attracts over 15,000 people and showcases food, art, music, fashion and much more. You can exhibit, volunteer or simply soak up the festivities.
The Wilderness Society is hosting an evening event to celebrate the work that is being done to protect our environment. There will be presentations from notable environmentalists, live music and finger food. It presents an excellent opportunity to learn, network and celebrate.
No matter what you choose to do, World Environment Day is an important event and the more you can help spread the word, the better off our planet will be. Whether you’re into sports, the arts, or education, there are countless opportunities to partner with community groups to create events, help out or simply partake in the festivities and promote real awareness.