Home Only One Earth – World Environment Day 2022
Sweden hosted yesterday’s World Environment Day (WED), 50 years after its concept was established there by the United Nations at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. WED aims to raise awareness of environmental issues such as marine pollution, overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. It has participation from more than 143 countries.
The event reprised the original slogan of the first official WED in 1973, “Only One Earth“. It calls now, as it did then, for collective, transformative global action to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.
“The theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘Only One Earth,’ is a simple statement of fact. This planet is our only home. It is vital we safeguard the health of its atmosphere, the richness and diversity of life on Earth, its ecosystems and its finite resources. But we are failing to do so. We are asking too much of our planet to maintain ways life that are unsustainable. Earth’s natural systems cannot keep up with our demands,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message to the WED 2022.
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Each year, the program has a theme and forum for businesses, NGOs, communities, governments and celebrities to advocate environmental causes.
“Businesses need to put sustainability at the heart of their decision-making for the sake of humanity and their own bottom line. A healthy planet is the backbone of nearly every industry on Earth,” Guterres said.
The underlying theme of WED 2022 is simple and straight at the same time. “In the universe are billions of galaxies, in our galaxy are billions of planets, but there is only one Earth. Let’s take care of it.”
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