Connecting People to Nature – in the City and on the Land, from the Poles to the Equator

For this year’s World Environment Day, millions of people around the globe will answer the call to ‘connect with nature,’ celebrating the day by going to a park or heading to the beach and taking forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June, with this year’s host country Canada at the centre of celebrations around the planet.

World Environment Day is for everyone, everywhere: whether you live in a city or the countryside, in the developed or developing world, in the invigorating chill of cold regions or the sultry heat of the tropics. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighborhood clean-ups, to action against the illegal trade in wildlife, to replanting forests.

“We can enjoy nature year-round, but World Environment Day is when the whole world comes together to celebrate our beautiful planet,” said Erik Solheim, the head of UN Environment. “It reminds us of what a treasure nature is, and encourages us all to protect and appreciate our environment.”

Starting today, UN Environment and the Government of Canada are calling on citizens all over the world to think about how we depend on nature, and to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish that vital relationship. On social media, we are seeking feedback on our campaign tagline.