World Environment Day 2020: Time for Nature

Published on: 08/06/2020

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World Environment Day 2020: Time for Nature


On the 5th of June, over 100 countries around the world celebrate World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year, the theme is ‘Time for Nature’.

The growing human population has doubled in the past 50 years and the global economy has almost quadrupled [1]. According to the World Wildlife Fund, with the scarcity of resources, 1.6 Earths would be required to meet the demands that humans make of nature each year [2].

First established at the UN General Assembly in 1972, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action to mitigate these effects. Millions of people take part each year, helping to drive change in consumption habits and in international environmental policy.

 

Time for nature

The message of World Environment Day is to take care of nature, so that we take care of ourselves. The theme this year is ‘Time for Nature’, with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

Following the decision of UN Member States, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a global initiative to restore the relationship between humans and nature, called the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

As an opportunity to drive the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead to this initiative, World Environment Day 2020 is calling for urgent action to protect biodiversity.

Getting involved can be as simple as telling the world why it’s time for nature, using the #ForNature hashtag, or joining any of the registered events available globally. Now is the time for nature.

 



[1] IPBES, Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: https://ipbes.net/global-assessment