World Environment Day 2012 Today

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    A dancer performs around an installation art titled 'Thirst Scraps' which is made up of plastic bottles as the country joins the rest of the world to mark Earth Day Wednesday April 22, 2009. Artists Krizia Jenilee Lucero and Sara Ysabel Rodriguez, both high school students, explain 'with every plastic bottle we throw away, we compromise the health of our environment and in essence, we are slowly drinking the life out of our planet.'
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
June 5, 2012|9:31 am

World Environment Day has arrived on Tuesday this year spreading public awareness of global environmental concerns.

Celebrated every year on June 5, this year marks the 40th observance of the event, organized by the United Nations in 1972. World Environment Day is for initiating solutions on environmental issues.

Widely known as Environmental Day, the event boosts knowledge about preserving our biodiversity. Every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) selects a theme which draws attention to specific ecosystem management.

This year's theme is "Green Economy: Does it involve you?" The UNEP explained that a green economy is "one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive," according to the official website.

Additionally, the UN Environment Programme calls on "targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulations changes" in order to "reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency."

"The question therefore asks you to find out more about the green economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it," the UNEP stated.

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Many people across the globe are celebrating World Environment Day with great enthusiasm. Groups as well as individuals are attending events supported by governments that share ideas to tackle problems including natural disasters, global warming, and pollution.

Also, the event is celebrated around the world with bicycle parades, green concerts, and tree planting.

On Twitter, users are sounding off about World Environment Day and acknowledging the purpose behind the event.

Character Creative wrote, "Today is World Environment Day! We're celebrating by planting a vegetable garden, riding our bikes."

"Hug a tree," wrote HistoryFlow. "Kiss a flower. Inhale deeply. June 5 is World Environment Day."

"Contribute toward Green Economy-- Read and share your idea," Shay wrote, providing a link to "Step Out for a Greener Economy."

College of Energy posted, "Keep our world clean and green, save trees, save the environment! Happy world environment day!"

Twitter user Regina acknowledged those who work toward improving the environment every single day, writing, "Happy World Environment Day! A shout out to all scientists & engineers working to keep planet #green!"

 

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