In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established the World Environment Day on the first day of the Stockholm Conference. This was held in 1972 on the Human Environment, which is celebrated annually on 5 June. The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) is the primary agency behind this celebration. This celebration is to encourage awareness and to take action to protect our environment.
This day is hosted by a different country each year; this year, Sweden is the host country for 2022, marking 50years of ‘Stockholm Conference’. The Swedish Ministry of Environment is responsible for the government’s environment and climate policy. It works on issues concerning climate, biological diversity, chemicals, eco cycles, marine and water conservation, nature and forest conservation.
Earth faces a triple planetary emergency; climate heating, threatened extinction of species and pollution poisoning air, land and water. The environment is an important part of our life, without which the living beings cannot survive on earth.
This year, World Environment Day’s theme is “Only One Earth“which is the same as the slogan for the first UN Conference in Stockholm. We should join hands together to protect environment. We should keep our surroundings clean, plant more trees, conserve water and water bodies, shop wisely, cycle more, use LEDS and choosing sustainability in every step. We should spread awareness and educate people about significance of conserving nature. We should follow the 3Rs judiciously; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
PM Modi will attend a programme on ‘Save Soil Movement’ on occasion of World Environment Day along with addressing the gathering. The Save Soil Movement was launched by Sadhguru. It was launched in order to increase awareness about deteriorating soil health and bring about a conscious response to improve it. The 64 year old yoga guru had set off his Soil Awareness campaign across Europe and Middle East, passing through 27 countries, en route to India. PM’s participation in the programme will be reflective of the shared concerns and commitments toward improving the soil condition in India.
By supporting World Environment day and the #OnlyOneEarth campaign, we can help ensure this unique and beautiful planet remains a comfortable home for humanity.
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