What do people do?World Environment Day is celebrated in many ways in countries such as
Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and the United States. Activities
include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting,
and clean-up campaigns. In many countries, this annual event is used to
enhance political attention and action towards improving the
environment. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or
ratify international environmental conventions.
Public lifeThe UN World Environment Day is not a public holiday, so public life is not affected.
BackgroundWorld 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 UNEP. It is hosted every year by a
different city and commemorated with an international exposition through
the week of June 5.
SymbolsThe main colors featured in many promotions for this event are
natural colors depicting nature, the earth and its natural resources.
These colors are often softer shades of green, brown and blue. Images of
natural the earth's features, such as snowy mountains, clean beaches,
unpolluted rivers, and photos of natural flora and fauna, including fern
leaves, are used to promote campaigns supporting the day.