World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to remind people about the importance of nature. It is celebrated across the globe to sensitise people about the importance of nature and protecting the environment.

History of World Environment Day

Temi Tea Estate, Sikkim. Credit: File Image

 The United Nations Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972, which was the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the human environment. In 1974, it was celebrated in the US with the theme ‘Only One Earth’. Since then, various host countries have been celebrating it, and the idea of rotating the center of these activities started.

Theme of World Environment Day 2021

The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations’ Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The global host for the day to magnify the importance of ecosystem restoration this year is Pakistan.


The primary idea behind celebrating this day is to highlight the importance of the environment and to remind people that nature should not be taken for granted. According to the UN, this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by communities, enterprises and individuals in preserving and enhancing the environment.

Famous quotes to inspire on Environment:

For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it“. —Jacques-Yves Cousteau

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Earth is what we all have in common.”Wendell Berry

“Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When a man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.”Oscar Wilde

“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”John Paul II

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs

“Away, away, from men and towns To the wildwood and the downs, To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.”Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Study nature, love nature, stays close to nature. It will never fail you.”Frank Lloyd Wright

“Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is.”D.H. Lawrence

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”Native American Proverb

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