The first United Nations World Environment Day was held in 1974, and in the years since it has become a global platform for taking action on important environmental issues, successfully involving people around the world in environmentally-focused events like clean ups and the replanting of forests.
Every year a diferent country hosts World Environment Day and the related festivities, and in 2017 the host country is Canada, who have chosen the theme, “Connecting People to Nature.” The intention of this year’s theme is to encourage people to get out into nature, to appreciate its beauty and necessity and the importance of protecting it for the wellbeing of current and future generations.
In line with this theme, the three major ways that people can get involved with World Environment Day this year all encourage us to connect with the natural world:
Contribute to the world’s biggest nature album by sharing a photo or video of a place in nature that is important to you.
Plan an event that celebrates or takes action for the environment in some way.
Download the iNaturalist app and help build the world’s largest nature database by sharing your observations of the natural world with others around the world.
The 2017 theme for World Environment Day is an invitation to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. To help you reflect on this idea, have a look at these reflections for World Environment Day.
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