June 4, 2018
Last Updated:
February 18, 2020

World Environment Day

Be part of a global movement to improve our planet’s health by celebrating World Environment Day on June 5! 

The UN established World Environment Day in 1974 with the intention of protecting our environment. This important day has become the single largest celebration of our environment and a successful and powerful way for communities worldwide to take action on urgent environmental issues each year. World Environment Day not only serves as a platform for global action to sustain our planet, but also as a catalyst for politics to focus their attention on the protection of the environment. India will be the global host for World Environment Day this year and is “committed to making Planet Earth a cleaner and greener place.” 

This year’s theme is “beating plastic pollution” in hopes that the world will come together to help eliminate single-use plastic pollution.

Beat Plastic Pollution is such an important theme as plastic pollution has become an increasingly harmful threat to our planet.

Did you know that plastic makes up 10% of all the waste that we generate as a global population? We use 500 billion plastic bags annually, and at least eight million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year! Read more about the effects of plastic pollution and check out tips for reducing plastic bag waste here.

Are you feeling inspired to join others around the world in taking responsibility for our environment and engaging in action to protect our precious earth?

If the answer is yes, here are three easy ways to get started:

  1. Reduce, reuse, and recycle!
  2. Gather with friends and family to help clean up plastic pollution at local beaches, neighborhoods, or parks. 
  3. Let people know how you plan to contribute and spread awareness of World Environment Day on social media with #BeatPlasticPollution.

For more information about World Environment Day, plastic pollution, and how you can be part of the global movement, click here.

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