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So what happens on
World Environment Day?

World Environment Day, held annually on 5th June, brings together millions of

people from across the globe, engaging them in the effort to protect and restore the Earth. People from more than 150 countries participate in this United Nations international day, which celebrates environmental action and the power of governments, businesses and individuals to create a more sustainable world. The event has been led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 

since its inception in 1973.  

Where is this year's
campaign hosted?



“Our land.

Our future.

We are  



This year’s World Environment Day campaign, hosted by Saudi Arabia, focuses on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience under the slogan ...




Check out the most recent
hosts and 
their themes ...

2023, Côte d’Ivoire | Solutions to Plastic Pollution


2022, Sweden | Only One Earth


2021, Pakistan | Ecosystem Restoration


2020, Colombia | Time for Nature


Some interesting information about
the history of the campaign ...

In recent history World Environment Day has focused on various issues including

showcasing solutions to plastic pollution, underscoring the need for a comprehensive

“whole-of-society approach” to combatting the plastic pollution crisis. 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.


When hosted by Pakistan, the spotlight was on how humanity has been exploiting

the planets 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.


In 2020 the World Environment Day theme focused on biodiversity – a concern both

urgent and existential. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis – caused by the

rapid destruction of habitats – the President of Colombia said:





“the time to act is now if we want to assure our present and our future.”

-Iván Duque Márquez

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.



Further learning and resources...

This practical guide is designed to get everyone involved in restoring land, halting desertification and building drought resilience. By joining forces, governments, businesses, civil society and individuals can give nature a helping hand and forge a more sustainable world for generations to come.



World Environment Day 

2024 Practical Guide

Head to these useful videos and PDF links below to find further information about the positive impact you can have on the planet.


How can I get involved
locally to Glasgow?


Glasgow Community Climate Action Network (GCCAN) is a collaborative network of local community groups working with and for their communities, creating a sustainable, equal and resilient future for Glasgow.

Urban Roots is a community led environmental charity who deliver a range of activities, including food growing, conservation and biodiversity work, and promoting healthier eating. We work with local people to improve the environment and health of communities.



Urban Roots



Glasgow Community Climate Action Network


South Seeds

South Seeds is a community organisation based in the South Central area of Glasgow. We aim to work in partnership with residents and organisations within the local community to help improve the look and feel of the area. Our mission is to enable Southsiders to lead more sustainable lives .




Glasgow Eco Trust

Glasgow Eco Trust is a local environmental charity and social enterprise based in west Glasgow that coordinates and delivers a range of environmental activities and services.





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