Since 1974, World Environment Day has been engaging governments, businesses and citizens with the aim of addressing pressing environmental issues.
We are all very aware of the impact humans are having on the planet so this awareness day offers a global platform to inspire positive change. The theme of this year is Ecosystem Restoration and calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems. From forests to peatlands to coasts, we all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival. Over 4.7 million hectares of forests – an area larger than Denmark – are lost every year. Find out more about the theme here.
Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country in which official celebrations take place. This year’s host is Pakistan, the country has ambitious plans to expand and restore forests across the country through a drive it calls the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami.
The Ecosystem Restoration Playbook has been developed which outlines approaches to restoring eight key types of ecosystem. It also lays out how all parts of society – from individuals and community groups to businesses and governments – can become part of #GenerationRestoration, a global movement to restore ecosystems everywhere for the good of people and nature. Access the playbook here .