June, 5 – World Environment Day
World Environment Day, established by UN is celebrated every year on June 5th. For all ecologists and environmental organizations this date is one of the main ways to attract world attention to environmental issues, as well as to stimulate political interest and appropriate actions aimed at protecting the environment.
The holiday was proclaimed in 1972 at 27th session of UN General Assembly (Resolution No. A / RES / 2994 of December 15, 1972). The chosen date was June 5 – the day the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment began its work (Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment). Then came creation of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
Man is a creator and at the same time the creator of his environment, which ensures his physical existence and provides him with opportunities for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual development. In the course of long and painful evolution of humanity on our planet, as a result of accelerated development of science and technology, man acquired the ability to transform his environment in unprecedented scales to this day. Both aspects of human environment, both natural and man-made, are crucial for their well-being and for basic human rights, including even the right to life itself.
The celebration of this Day is designed to arouse in everyone the desire to contribute to environmental protection and to encourage as many people as possible to take action in order to prevent growing burden on the planet’s natural life support systems.
Message from the Head of United Nations on the Occasion of the Environment Day
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is air pollution. Around the world - from megacities to small villages - people breathe polluted air. It is estimated that nine out of ten people in the world are exposed to air pollutants which concentration exceeds standards specified in World Health Organization's guidelines on air quality. Because of this life expectancy of people in different countries of the world decreases, state of economy getting worse.
Take part in the company #beatairpollution”
Here are some examples:
- Use public transport, car sharing, bicycle or walk by foot,
- Use a hybrid or electric vehicle and order an electric taxi,
- Turn off car engine when parking,
- Reduce own consumption of meat and dairy products to help reduce methane emissions,
- Compost organic food waste and recycle inorganic waste,
- Switch to the use of highly efficient heating systems and equipment,
- Save energy: turn off lights and appliances when they are not in use,
- Give preference to non-toxic colors and furniture.