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UN World Environment Day 2020
5 Jun 2020 -  World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5th, is the United Nations flagship day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our environment. Held annually since 1974, this event has grown to become the biggest, most celebrated day for positive environmental action.
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is ‘Biodiversity’ and will feature a distinct visual identity using the hashtag #ForNature. Biodiversity — the foundation of all life on land and below water — is threatened like never before.
Human activities such as pollution, unsustainable use of land and sea, exploitation of organisms, climate change and invasion of alien species, are leading to biodiversity breakdown and the decline and degradation of natural ecosystems at an unprecedented scale.
The transmission of diseases, like the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, between animals and humans threatens economic development, animal and human well-being, and ecosystem integrity. The current pandemic reflects our connectedness to one another and how actions and events in one part of the world affect us all. These connections make up the fabric of nature—weakening or removing one form of life impacts the entire biodiversity ecosystem, making species vulnerable to extinction and natural systems less resilient.
This year’s celebration will draw attention to the need for restoring nature and reversing biodiversity loss.
As such, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on governments, businesses and civil society to work together in building global understanding of biodiversity and nature’s key contribution to our survival.