World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5th of June. Since its launch in 1974, WED has become a global platform for public outreach on environmental issues.
It is organized around a particular theme, with this year's being "Connecting People to Nature," and a different country hosts the event every year. The host nation for 2017 is Canada.
The Day was marked across the globe in many different and ingenuous ways.*
The head of UN Environment and Canadian representatives gathered at Niagara Falls to mark the Day, while the Prime Minister personified the Connecting people to nature theme on a paddle.
Jack Johnson, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, gave an acoustic performance dedicated to this occasion.
Canada is offering free passes for its national parks throughout 2017.
Finland has designated its 40th national park.
Bosnia and Herzegovina doubled the size of its protected areas and opening its parks for free.
Tijuana, Mexico - volunteers from both US and Mexico cleaned the city beach in a “show of solidarity”.
Brazil - 4500 runners traversed the Atlantic forests of Iguacu National Park.
Angola - great quantities of elephant ivory was burned, reinforcing the commitment of fighting wildlife crime.