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When is World Environment Day in 2020?

World Environment Day in 2020 is on the Friday, 5th of Jun (6/05/2020).

World Environment Day is on the 157th day of 2020. There are 209 days left in the year.

World Environment Day Facts

  • Date: Jun 05, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: Eco Day, Environment Day, WED
  • Celebrations: Starting a garden or planting a tree.
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World Environment Day’s primary aim is to raise awareness of environmental issues and the importance of protecting Mother Nature from these issues. Observed on 5th June every year, this day is also called WED, Eco Day or Environment Day. Today, more than 100 countries have embraced the holiday and therefore get involved every year with environmental protection activities.

History of World Environmental Day

On 5th June 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established the World Environment Day during the World Environment Conference held in Stockholm. Two years later, the first World Environmental Day was held in Spokane, USA. Since 1974, the celebrations are held annually with over 140 countries participating in the event with a different host city is chosen every year. The celebrations are weeklong of activities with June 5th crowning the entire observance.

Every year, a World Environmental Day theme is established, and NGOs, governments, major corporations, and celebrities adapt it to address environmental sustainability and related issues. Some of the past topics include human settlements, desertification, Ozone Layer Environmental Concern, Best Plastic Pollution among others.

What Is The Environment Protection Act?

The Environment Protection Act aims at managing waste and controlling harmful emissions into the environment. The Act helps improve the human environment and also prevent hazards to humans and other living things.

In the UK, the Act was passed in 1990 while the Indian parliament enacted the same in 1986.

How is World Environmental Day Celebrated?

Besides the schedules set aside by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are many different and personal ways to mark this day.

Instead of using your car to work, opt to walk, bike or use public transport. This should however not be a single day objective but a habit you should form at least thrice a week.

You can also aim at starting a garden or planting a tree on this day. Plants absorb pollutant gases and filter other pollutants out of the air by trapping them on the leaves. Trees can cut down on summer air conditioning up to 50 percent hence reducing the energy required to cool your house. When energy demands in your home are low, it means less environmental pollution emissions from power plants and this makes the ecological air cleaner and safer.

Another great way to mark this day is by participating in World Environmental Day activities that could be happening near you. Some towns conduct street rallies, tree planting and clean up parades. These campaigns help in raising awareness for sustainable development, cleaning up pollution, encouraging recycling or fighting global warming. Some schools celebrate this day by holding World Environmental Day essay competitions where students get to have a better understanding of environmental conservation and protection.

If you have a recycling program in your area, take the initiative to recycle your trash. Be sure to separate it into paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic. If there is no such program where you stay, take the initiative to start one.

Why Celebrate World Environmental Day?

So, why should you get your hands dirty? What is the importance of World Environmental Day?

Given our busy schedules, we quickly forget natural systems and how much Mother Nature supports our well being. World Environmental Day is the best time to reconnect with nature and celebrate its vital relationship.

Through World Environmental Day, more and more people get to understand the importance of managing natural resources and ecosystems. It is unfortunate that our surroundings have become an overhaul of contaminants and toxins which are a threat to our respiratory health.

WED is a time to inspire others to take action and do something positive for the environment we cannot do without. However, before you embark on teaching others on the fragile nature of the environment, ensure you are personally taking action towards making the surroundings a better place.

On social media, you can join the world in marking this day by sharing educative environmental posts. The World Environmental Day slogan for the year is also widely circulated to help reach a broad audience. For instance, in 2018, the slogan was If You Can’t Reuse It Refuse It where people were urged to give up one plastic indulgence and instead replace it with a reusable alternative.

World Environmental Day Symbol

The symbol is often the World Environmental Day logo creatively depicting the natural colors of nature. This includes shades of green, brown and blue. Images depicting natural features like mountains, beaches, unpolluted rivers, and natural flora are often used in the World Environmental Day campaigns. It’s however worth noting that there is no single form of the World Environmental Day logo. Every year, UNEP creates a new logo that matches the year’s theme.

World Environment Day Observances

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  • Jun 05, 2020

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day