The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, held today, as chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is “Your Planet Needs You! Unite to Combat Climate Change.”
‘World Environment Day was first established in 1972, and since 1974, the UNEP has been choosing an annual theme to boost worldwide environmental awareness. UNEP said that it chose this year’s theme to encourage people to take concrete actions to address environmental issues. “The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition to new era of greener, cleaner development,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.