June 5th is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”.
World Environment Day is a day designed to raise awareness about the environment and to focus political attention and public action on environmental issues. June 5th is the day that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment commenced in 1972 and the first World Environment Day was held the following year on June 5th 1973.
World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city and has covered a variety of themes. It is commemorated with an international exposition during the week of June 5th. In 2009, the theme was “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change” and the event was held in Mexico City.
The theme for 2010 is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future” and the event will be hosted by Rwanda. The exposition, including three days of keynote events, will celebrate the amazing biodiversity on Earth as part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.