“We are a fraction of a second in earth’s lifetime. Yet she is our only lifeline.” — Jordan Sanchez
Since 1974, World Environment Day (WED) has been celebrated every year on June 5, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues.
WED offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to invest in repairing the environment; for educators to inspire students to take action; and for youth to build a greener future.
WED 2021 is hosted by Pakistan with the theme of “Ecosystem Restoration” under the campaign “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” The official hashtags for the Day are #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay. This year, the Day will also serve as the formal launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UN Decade) 2021-2030.
Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Decade is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. It’s goal is to build a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future, which includes building political momentum for restoration and supporting many thousands of on-the-ground initiatives. As a priority, the UN Decade seeks to build the capacity of marginalized groups that stand to lose most from the continued destruction of ecosystems—such as indigenous peoples, women and youth—to take an active role in restoration. Scores of partner organizations have already come forward in support of the UN Decade.
Thousands from around the world are organizing virtual and physical events, small and large to celebrate WED. Browse through the 2021 official schedule of events hosted by UNEP and Decade Partners, featuring high level speakers, expert panels and other events. Get involved with global virtual gatherings, community clean ups, live social discussions, musical and film screenings, and other opportunities for action.
The United Nations Environment Programme asked Jordan Sanchez, who is studying physics at Harvard University, to produce a poem to mark World Environment Day 2021. The result — a spoken word piece titled “Recreate. Reimagine. Restore!” — is a powerful call to action, reminding listeners that we must stop plundering and start protecting the planet’s resources. It ties into the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a UN initiative to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.