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World Environment Day 2020: Theme And Significance

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, and has been an annual event since 1974. This year the theme of the day is Biodiversity.
Updated: Jun 04, 2020 16:17 IST
Highlights
  • World Environment Day 2020 Theme "Celebrate Biodiversity"
  • Colombia is hosting World Environment Day 2020
  • World Environment Day was first celebrated in 1974
World Environment Day 2020: Theme And Significance
World Environment Day 2020 : Theme And Significance

The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is Biodiversity, which is an important and urgent concern of the world, today. The United Nations General Assembly established the World Environment Day in 1972 and the day June 5th was first observed in 1974. This day has been recognised as an environment day to build awareness for the preservation of the environment and to encourage to everyone to participate in their own capacity.

With having witnessed many unfortunate natural calamities this year the UN has fixed the World Environment Day 2020 around biodiversity. Bush fires in Brazil, Australia and United States to the locust attack on crops in Africa to India, this year's environment day 2020 has been picked as an opportunity to enlighten everyone on environmental preservation.

In 2019 China had hosted the Environment Day and the theme was Beat Air Pollution. This year Colombia will be hosting the day in collaboration with Germany and the theme will be Biodiversity.

Biodiversity is the variety of species and life on Earth, and with about one million plants and animals at the risk of extinction, it is important to focus on the topic and do our bit to help save them.

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has been appointed as UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India. She has been a committed voice for the environment and has been accredited for her work and contributions towards the wildlife as well. Mirza's involvement has made a huge difference in influencing Indians in creating a healthy environment.

In May 2020 United Nations Environment Programme decided to extend Dia Mirza's term as an ambassador for two more years till 2022.

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