By resolution 2994 (XXVII) of December 15, 1972, the General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day, to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. That date was chosen because it was the opening day of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972), which led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Twenty years later, the Assembly convened UNCED in Rio de Janeiro, where nations came together to take the decisions needed to rekindle the hopes of the 1972 Conference and to take up the challenges of a viable and equitable balance between environment and development and a sustainable future for the earth and its people. Source: United Nations Website
The theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care."
Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.
Many of the Earth's ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.
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The United Nations Environment Programme announced that the theme of this year World Environment Day will be small island developing states or "SIDS"
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WED 2015 panel discussion at the Water for a Sustainable World Conference in Venice, Italy on May 21, 2015 dedicated to the theme of this year's World Environment Day
World Environment Day June 5, 2014 aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world. There is also much to be learned from these countries, which have overcome a number of environmental problems with only limited resources.
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