World Environment Day 2023
“This World Environment Day join us in the global effort to #BeatPlasticPollution”
“Only one Earth” was the slogan for the 1972 Stockholm Conference. Though 50 years have passed, this message still holds relevance and importance. The #OnlyOneEarth campaign for World Environment Day 2023 aims to celebrate the planet through collective environmental action.
The objective is to ensure people realise the negative impacts of their consumer habits and that their individual actions can make a difference in the transformative environmental change that is necessary in order to develop a more sustainable Earth.
What Is World Environment Day?
Held on the 5th of June 2023, the biggest international day for the environment is being led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted by Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Netherlands. It will be showcasing some of the host country’s pioneering work on the environment over the years through the form of written stories, short videos, and other online communications.
Taking the lead in the fight against plastic pollution is Côte d’Ivoire. It has prohibited the use of plastic bags since 2014 in order to encourage the transition to reusable packaging. Abidjan, the largest city in the nation, has developed into a centre for start-ups that value the environment.
The Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-Luc Assi, claims that the pandemic of plastic pollution is a clear threat to every community. “We are honoured to support a range of plastic pandemic treatments.”
The Government of the Netherlands, one of the nations adopting ambitious action along the plastic lifecycle, will support World Environment Day this year. It has signed the Global Commitment on the New Plastics Economy and is a participant in the Global Partnership on Plastic Pollution and Marine Litter.
World Environment Day puts a global spotlight on the pressing environmental challenges of our times. This UN international day has become the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.
2022 – LIVING IN HARMONY SUSTAINABLY WITH NATURE #ONLYONEEARTH
World Environment Day paid homage to the 50th anniversary of what is considered the world’s first environmental summit, the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. Like that gathering, it adopted the slogan “Only One Earth”, casting a spotlight on the pressing need to protect and restore humanity’s lone home.
At the 2022 official event, host country Sweden pledged to stop issuing licenses for new coal, oil and natural gas extraction. More than 65 million people celebrated World Environment Day online.
2021 – ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION #GENERATIONRESTORATION
The focus was Ecosystem Restoration celebrated under the theme “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore”. Hosted by Pakistan, it cast a spotlight on how humanity has been exploiting the planet’s ecosystems and called for a concerted global effort to repair the damage that has been done. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and, over the last century, half of all wetlands have been destroyed.
2020 – BIODIVERSITY #TIMEFORNATURE
In 2020, the World Environment Day theme focused on biodiversity – a concern both urgent and existential. The day was hosted by Colombia. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis – caused by the rapid destruction of habitats – President Iván Duque Márquez said “the time to act is now if we want to assure our present and our future.” Fourteen world leaders – including those from Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, France and Seychelles – released a statement calling on governments worldwide to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 per cent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030.
To read more about past themes of World Environment Day, click here.