Hello, fellas! How was your first Sunday of June?
Do you know that today is World Environment Day? Tonight, we’ll have #EngKnowledge to discuss that.
World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).WED serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.
UN designates June 5 as World Environment Day in 1972 and two years later (1974), WED is celebrated for the first time under the slogan “Only One Earth.” During 1974-1983, WED was celebrated 10 times only in three countries (USA, Canada, and Bangladesh). Since 1984, official WED celebration started rotating around the globe. Every WED has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. WED highlights the environmental challenges facing that country, and supports the effort to address them. WED 2015 was celebrated in Italy with the theme “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. The event saw a total of 1.26 million people participating worldwide.
WED 2016, hosted by Angola, is themed on the illegal trade in wildlife under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life’. The theme was chosen because illegal trade in wildlife threatens species such as rhinos and tigers with extinction. This is the official logo of this year’s WED:
“The illegal wildlife trade, particularly the trade in ivory and rhino horn, is a major problem across our continent. By hosting this day of celebration and awareness-raising, we aim to send a clear message that such practices will soon be eradicated.” said Angolan Environment Minister Maria de Fatima Jardim.
That’s all for today, fellas. I hope this session inspire you to take a better care of your closest environment. Thank you for your attention. Have a good rest and good night.