Submitted by: The Two Sides Team June 1, 2021
Celebrated every year on the 5th of June since 1974, World Environment Day is celebrated by governments, businesses and society to address serious environmental issues and presents a global platform for inspiring positive change.
This year, the theme of World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration. Over the last century, half of the world’s wetlands have been destroyed and polluted.1 50% of the ocean’s coral reefs have been lost and up to 90% could be lost by 2050. Ecosystem restoration means preventing, stopping, and reversing this damage. Only with healthy ecosystems can we improve people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and halt the collapse of biodiversity.
World Environment Day has established a global platform for growing awareness and acting on issues such as marine pollution, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Ove the years, millions of people have taken part and celebrated the day. It has helped in changing our consumption habits and influenced national and international environmental policy. Each year, World Environment Day is hosted by a different country where the official celebrations take place. Pakistan is the host for this year’s celebration.
The full history of events can be found on the World Environment Day website!
If you are interested in getting involved in World Environment Day 2021, there are several ways to join in. There are virtual gatherings across the globe, community-based environment clean ups, live social discussions, and musical and film screenings. Thousands of people from around the world are organising virtual and physical events, small and large to celebrate. Get involved here!
Every single one of us can be part of #GenerationRestoration
The European paper industry is committed to achieving a circular economy. Europe’s forest-fibre industry is good for the planet, good for the people and good for the European economy.2 They are committed to making the 2050 climate neutrality target a reality, whilst making sure that forests keep growing, absorbing CO2 and protecting biodiversity.
You can find out more about the sustainability of the paper industry by reading the Two Sides fact sheets.