World Environment Day 2019: Date, History, Themes, Host Cities & Anthem!

World Environment Day 2019: Date, History, Themes, Host Cities & Anthem!

                   World Environment Day 2019 Date, History, Themes, Host Cities, Anthem: World Environment Day (WED) is an annual celebration which is celebrated on the 5th of June and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle in order to encourage the awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

What is World Environment Day?

The first ever event of World Environment Day was held in the year 1974, it has been a flagship campaign that raises the awareness on increasing environmental issues or concerns regarding marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, as well as sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

When is World Environment Day this year?

This year in 2019, World Environment Day is going to be held on Wednesday, 5th June 2019.

What is the History of World Environment Day?

World Environment Day [WED] was formed by the UN General Assembly in the year 1972 on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, bring about from consultations on the incorporation of human interactions and the environment.

Just after two years, in 1974 the first WED was celebrated with the theme “Only One Earth”. Even though the celebration of WED has been held yearly since the year 1974, in 1987 the idea for turning the center of these events through choosing different host countries to bring into being.

World Environment Day 2019 Celebration And Theme

 This year in 2019, World Environment Day is going to be hosted by China and the theme for the day will be “Air Pollution”. On this day various activities, debates, rallies, events and much more will be held in order to raise awareness about the Air Pollution concern.

As per to the World Health Organization report regarding Air Pollution concern stated that:

There are 4.2 million deaths every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution

There are 3.8 million deaths reported each year as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cookstoves as well as fuels.

There are a total number of 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits

World Environment Day Themes

World Environment Day 2019: Date, History, Themes, Host Cities & Anthem!

Each year, World Environment Day is celebrated with a specific theme and is hosted by different cities. Here is the list of all the themes of World Environment Day from the year 1974 to 2019.

Year

Theme

1974

Only one Earth during Expo ’74

1975

Human Settlements

1976

Water: Vital Resource for Life

1977

Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation

1978

Development Without Destruction

1979

Only One Future for Our Children – Development Without Destruction

1980

A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction

1981

Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains

1982

Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)

1983

Managing and Disposing of Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy

1984

Desertification

1985

Youth: Population and the Environment

1986

A Tree for Peace

1987

Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof

1988

When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last

1989

Global Warming; Global Warning

1990

Children and the Environment

1991

Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership

1992

Only One Earth, Care, and Share

1993

Poverty and the Environment – Breaking the Vicious Circle

1994

One Earth One Family

1995

We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment

1996

Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home

1997

For Life on Earth

1998

For Life on Earth – Save Our Seas

1999

Our Earth – Our Future – Just Save It!

2000

The Environment Millennium – Time to Act

2001

Connect with the World Wide Web of Life

2002

Give Earth a Chance

2003

Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!

2004

Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?

2005

Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!

2006

Deserts and Desertification – Don’t Desert Drylands!

2007

Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?

2008

Kick The Habit – Towards A Low Carbon Economy

2009

Your Planet Needs You-Unite to Combat Climate Change

2010

Many Species. One Planet. One Future

2011

Forests: Nature at your Service

2012

Green Economy: Does it include you?

2013

Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint

2014

Raise your voice, not the sea level

2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

2016

Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife trade

2017

Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator

2018

Beat Plastic Pollution

2019

Air Pollution

World Environment Day Host Cities

World Environment Day is celebrated every year and is hosted by various different cities each year; here is the list of all the cities that have hosted the celebration of World Environment Day:

Year

Host city

1974

Spokane, United States

1975

Dhaka, Bangladesh

1976

Ontario, Canada

1977

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1978

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1979

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1980

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1981

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1982

Dhaka, Bangladesh

1983

Sylhet, Bangladesh

1984

Rajshahi, Bangladesh

1985

Islamabad, Pakistan

1986

Ontario, Canada

1987

Nairobi, Kenya

1988

Bangkok, Thailand

1989

Brussels, Belgium

1990

Mexico City, Mexico

1991

Stockholm, Sweden

1992

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1993

Beijing, People’s Republic of China

1994

London, United Kingdom

1995

Pretoria, South Africa

1996

Istanbul, Turkey

1997

Seoul, Republic of Korea

1998

Moscow, Russian Federation

1999

Tokyo, Japan

2000

Adelaide, Australia

2001

Torino, Italy and Havana, Cuba

2002

Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China

2003

Beirut, Lebanon

2004

Barcelona, Spain

2005

San Francisco, United States

2006

Algiers, Algeria

2007

London, England

2008

Wellington, New Zealand

2009

Mexico City, Mexico

2010

Rangpur, Bangladesh

2011

New Delhi, India

2012

Brasilia, Brazil

2013

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2014

Bridgetown, Barbados

2015

Rome, Italy

2016

Luanda, Angola

2017

Ottawa, Canada

2018

New Delhi, India

2019

China

World Environment Day Anthem

An Earth Anthem which is penned by poet Abhay K is sung in order to celebrate World Environment Day. Here is the World Environment Day Anthem:

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl

the most beautiful planet in the universe

all the continents and the oceans

United we stand as flora and fauna

United we stand as species of one earth

different cultures, beliefs, and ways

we are humans, the earth is our home

all the people and the nations of the world

all for one and one for all

United we unfurl the blue flag.

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