Photo by C. Ison

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in
1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
Read on to find out what is in store for the day.

Commemorated yearly on 5th June, it is one of the principal vehicles through
which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and
enhances political attention and action. The day's agenda is to:

  1. Give a human face to
    environmental issues;
  2. Empower people to become
    active agents of sustainable and equitable development;
  3. Promote an understanding
    that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental
  4. Advocate partnership which
    will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous

The theme for 2009 is 'Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate
Change'. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the
crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen in December, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of
forests. This year’s host is Mexico which reflects the growing role of the Latin American country in the fight
against climate change, including its growing participation in the carbon

has an internet resource Environmental Impact
covering everything to do with man's
impact on the environment.


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