World Environment Day is a United Nations sponsored annual day of action and awareness of our shared environment and the importance of conservation, environmental protection, and other efforts to sustain our planet for future generations. Celebrated annually on June 5, World Environment Day’s 2021 focus is Ecosystem Restoration and the theme “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.”. The host country for this year is Pakistan.
The United Nations General Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Since then, the annual event has grown to spread awareness globally for the need for human action to protect, preserve and restore our shared environment. Action is needed to combat the effects of the past century in which the world has lost nearly half of its wetlands and coral reefs, among many other environmental tragedies.
The loss of ecosystems directly affects the health of our planet and it is for this reason that restoring ecosystems is such an important focus for this World Environment Day, which kicks off the United Nation’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).