This year's theme is ‘Connecting People #WithNature’ and UN Environment will be encouraging everyone to spend the day in the great outdoors and rekindle their love for the environment - even if that just means kicking off your shoes and finding some grass to walk on during lunch hours. It’s as a great opportunity for everyone to remember the beauty of nature and the amazing benefits it brings.
Canada is opening its national parks for free, while UN Environment is proposing events worldwide, including in Europe. Major announcements will be made regarding new protected natural areas, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Central Asia, while European Union officials will make reinforced commitments related to the beautiful Natura 2000 sites.
If you are in Europe, would you like to:
- Visit a nature reserve free of charge in Russia?
- Join the famous mountaineer Peter Habeler for a clean-up in the Austrian Alps?
- Visit the ‘Ferme à roulettes’ in Geneva and learn more about organic agriculture?
- Celebrate nature in the heart of Brussels?
- Join a picnic in a park in Sarajevo?
- Take part in a clean-up initiative near Saint Petersburg?
- As a journalist, take part in a dialogue for media in Almaty?
- As a teacher, hold a class amidst nature for an unforgettable outdoor lesson?
Details of these and many more events are on the World Environment Day website.
The naturalist and documentary-maker Sir David Attenborough calls on youth to take part: "This World Environment Day, I encourage you to enrich your curiosity and enjoy a lesson in the nature. We are very much a part of it - wherever you are from and whatever you are studying".
In addition, iconic landmarks around the world will light up in green to mark the occasion, including the Empire State Building, Burj Khalifa, Panama Canal, the Louvre, buildings in Venice and others.
On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.