Today (June 5th) marks the 40th observance of World Environment Day, established by the United Nations to celebrate environmental action and awareness. As reported by the Huffington Post, this year’s theme is ‘Green economy: Does it include you?’ The UN Environment Programme defines the green economy “as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”
The host country for this year’s World Environment Day is Brazil, culminating in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening there later this month.
Locally, eco-positive organizations like Environment California are very supportive of World Environment Day, but hope it leads to more people taking action in their everyday lives that benefit the world around us.
“While we’re glad the UN recognizes and celebrates the world’s environment, every day is World Environment Day to us,” said Dan Jacobson, the legislative director of Environment California, by phone. “We want to educate people on the simple ways they can get involved and make a difference. It’s important that we work to keep our state parks open, and to push the plastic ban through in Los Angeles, and keep them out of the ocean. Those are just some of the ongoing activities we have going on that celebrate the spirit of World Environment Day.”
Stressing the work Environment California is doing with other organizations like Heal The Bay on getting plastic bags banned in Los Angeles, Jacobson is proud of how far America has come in regards to the single-use bags.
“In less than three years, we’ve gone from three cities banning plastic bags to what will be the 49th city to do so when it’s approved in L.A.” he added.
Peruse the over 9,000 official World Environment Day activities here.