World Environment Day
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Commemorated each year on 5 June, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ “principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment” and serves as a broad global platform for political attention and action.
Over the years, the day has blossomed, into a “People’s Day” for doing something positive for the environment and is celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It has galvanized “individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.” - UNEP Website
CDA World Environment Day Activities
We embrace it as a welcome opportunity to educate the public about our beautiful envirnoment. Annually, we go into classrooms throughout the country to talk to students about the environment with a particular focus on the need for us to plant trees.
Words alone are not enough and we love to put the lessons into action! The day is capped by planting trees with the students. It also marks the start of our Reforestation Programme. Reforestation is the planting of forest in areas that have had forest in the past but it was destroyed by fires, deforestation and other forms of tree removal.The timing is perfect because World Environment Day occurs at the commencement of the planting or rainy season. Planting is important because it nurses our soils back to health.
We hope that everyone in the nation will join us in celebrating World Environment Day not as a festival, but as a day to contemplate the ills that are currently affecting the environment. These issues include the constant removal of the forest cover; the polluting of our seas and rivers; and other contributors towards the green house effect. Too often, little emphasis is placed on this day by most governments of the world, leaving the burden to environmental groups and other Non-Governmental and Community Based Organizations.