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Want to show some love to our beautiful planet? Then participate in the upcoming World Environment Day (WED). You can join neighbors, businesses, organizations, churches, or even schools in marking this all-important day. And guess what? Organizing this event with your friends, community, or colleagues doesn't cost a big budget. So, keep reading to learn more about Environment Day.
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World Environment Day is a special day set aside by the UN to celebrate the environment and raise awareness about its protection. This day was first celebrated in 1974 and is hosted annually on June 5. It's an opportunity to raise awareness of overpopulation, marine pollution, deforestation, and other environmental issues.
That said, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 143 countries worldwide. That's not all. Each year has its own host country and celebration theme or hashtag. But how you celebrate it is totally up to you.
This year's WED will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. The slogan for this celebration will be #OnlyOneEarth, focusing on living sustainably and harmoniously with the environment. But the motto remains the same - Earth is our only home, and we must protect its resources.
It's also worth noting that this year's happy environment day will mark 50 decades since the UN introduced this day. In 1972, UNEP was established to bring together nations with the common interest of protecting the environment.
Here is what Per Bolund, Swedish Minister for Environment and Climate, said in November 2021 after the country was nominated to host the event:
"We are proud to host World Environment Day 2022. Sweden invites the countries of the world to participate in the celebrations and to organize activities and events. We want to highlight some of the most urgent environmental issues, as well as a number of Swedish initiatives and our role in international environmental action."
Congratulations to them!
The main objective of this celebration is to remind us of our responsibility to protect the planet and its resources. It's a day to acknowledge what mother nature has done for humanity and how our activities are ruining the environment. Overall, it's the day to pause and reflect on your responsibility to protect the environment.
When World Nature Conservation Day was first celebrated in 1974 in the US. Interestingly, the theme back then was #OnlyOneEarth. This theme was later reused in 1992 (Only One Earth, Share and Care) and will be this year's theme as the world marks 50 years of the day's existence.
There are many ways to celebrate the June 5 Environment Day. First and foremost, you can determine which activities are being held locally or internationally and participate. Most countries and regions usually plan a host of events to celebrate this day. So, do your research!
Alternatively, host a small activity in your community or with your friends. This can be any activity, from planting trees and cleaning up drenches to showing an environmental film and educating the masses. There's certainly a host of activities you can do to support World Environment Day.
It also goes without saying that you don't need a big budget to celebrate. For example, you can plant trees in government or community forests or even in your own backyard. Also, you can invite your friends or community to a cleaning service. Another thing, don't use your car on that day!
Research shows that 50% of waste in most organizations is made of paper. Also, the global consumption of paper is around 400 million metric tons. This makes it our collective responsibility to reduce paper consumption and save trees in the process. In fact, doing away with just 1 ton of paperwork in your organization can save 17 trees, 4,000 kW of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.
Fortunately, there is much you can do to save the environment. Here are some suggestions:
1. Dispose of Old Paper Documents
According to a report by the National Association of Professional Organizers, most people never relook at 80% of paperwork. For example, when was the last time you reread an old newspaper or a book you finished reading? It's a good idea to sort out old papers in your office or home and sell them to other readers or recycling companies. You'll even recoup some money from this.
2. Read Online
Thanks to technology, we can find almost everything we need online. Make it a habit to purchase eBooks on platforms like Amazon and eBay. These books are cheaper, greener, and save you the storage space in your office or home library. If you're a teacher, share student notes/research in PDF and Word documents instead of printed booklets.
3. Go Digital at Work
Instead of printing hard copies for documents like invoices, tax reports, timetables, and so on, use Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor to create soft copies. It's a powerful OCR program that scans and extracts editable and searchable data from documents such as IDs, passports, invoices, etc. Then, you can proceed to edit your document before adding comments, watermarks, signatures, and passwords. You can also convert hard copies to soft copies like Word and Excel. Give it a try!
1. Why is June 5 celebrated as environment day?
In 1972, the UN General Assembly set aside June 5 to mark the Stockholm Conference. The UN hosts an international conference in Sweden to identify environmental problems and solutions on this day. Coincidentally, a resolution was passed to host Environment Day on this day.
2. Who started environment day?
The UN General Assembly founded the WED on June 5, 1972. But this event was only celebrated two years later with the #OnlyOneEarth slogan.
Stop wasting time and begin preparing for the upcoming World Environment Day. As said earlier, you don't need a big budget for that. Even something simple like cycling will go a long way toward protecting the environment. And remember to use Wondershare PDFelement to edit, convert, sign, and create PDF files quickly and easily.