News By/Courtesy: Gopika Sasi | 12 Aug 2020 12:31pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Environment Day
  • The greatest blessings for human life
  • Time for Nature

The foods that we eat every day, the air that we breathe every second, the water that we drink daily, and the climate that makes our planet habitable, all come from nature. Nature is indeed one of the greatest blessings for human life. 

World Environment Day is a day for the celebration which is observed on June 5th every year since 1974. People all around the world actively participate and act for a healthy environment on this day. Be it marches by individuals or communities or be it beach clean-ups, or mass tree planting, people have always stood shoulder to shoulder for our planet.

 

Themes from 2010 to 2020 on World Environment Day

  1. 2010

The theme for 2010 was 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future’. It celebrated the diversity of life on our planet. Beach clean-ups, concerts, community events, film festivals, exhibits were all organized all around the world to celebrate this day. It was hosted in Rwanda.

  1. 2011

For the first time, it was hosted by our country, India. The theme for the day this year was ‘Forest- Nature at your service’ which shows the link between the quality of life and the health of the forest ecosystem. Thousands of activities took place all around the globe like bird-watching, photo competition on the forest, national green campaigns, City Park cleanups. 

2012

Green Economy: Does it include you? was chosen as the theme for the year. Green economies are an important means to achieve what sustainable development aims at. It was hosted by Brazil this year. 

2013

 ‘Think, Eat, Save’ was picked as the theme of 2013. The campaign mainly highlighted a large amount of food that is being wasted. It was aimed at countries with lifestyles resulting in food wastage. It was hosted by Mongolia this year.

2014

The theme this year was “International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)”. It focused on global warming and its effect on ocean levels. “Raise your voice, not the sea level” was the slogan for the year.

2015

 ‘Feeding the Planet- Energy for life’ was the theme selected for the year 2015. The slogan for this year was “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. This was hosted by Italy. In India, Narendra Modi celebrated the day by planting a Kadamb sapling.

2016

The theme for this year was ‘Go wild for life’. This year the focus was on illegal trade in wildlife. Angola was chosen as the host country this year.

2017

'Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator' was the theme of this year. The theme encouraged people to appreciate and protect the treasure that we have, nature. This was hosted by Canada.

2018

For the second time, India was the host country in 2018. The theme for the year was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The Government of India pledges to wipe out the use of plastic by 2022.

2019

As air pollution killed about 7 million people annually, the theme for the year was “Beat Air Pollution”. China hosted the event.

2020

This year,  as it was unable to go out and celebrate due to the global pandemic, the aim was to help and protect the poor, sick, and vulnerable from the devastating situation. The host country for the year was Colombia. ‘Time for Nature’ was selected as the theme for the year considering the current situation.[iii]

 

This year we found out that the level of air pollution tremendously fell and nature coming out of hiding because of the lockdown. This showed us that nature can still flourish if we give a chance. 

Life would be much better if we lived in harmony with NATURE!

 

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 12 Aug 2020 16:50pm IST


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