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World Environment Day 2020, Friday, 5 June: Celebrating Ideas, History and Theme


World Environment Day 2020, Friday, 5 June: Celebrating Ideas, History and Theme


World Environment Day 2020, Friday, 5 June: Celebrating Ideas, History and Theme




This year, Colombia, in collaboration with Germany, is going to host the World Environment Day 2020. The theme of World Environment Day 2020is biodiversity.
World environment day is celebrated worldwide in almost all the countries (more than 150 countries) every year on 5th June to encourage the awareness on preserving and protecting the environment.

Friday, 5 June, World Environment Day 2020 theme

“Biodiversity is chosen as theme for world environment day 2020 by United Nations (UN).
Biodiversity is the variety of various living organisms present on earth and their interaction and interrelationship. We can say as variety of life on earth is called as biodiversity.
There are three main type of biodiversity viz. genetic, species and ecosystem or habitat biodiversity.
Human domination is the greatest common thread of biodiversity because it takes advantage of his power and consumes all type of resources by endangering the life of other species.
Biodiversity is very important for balancing our terrestrial environment and our ecosystem.
Humans are also responsible for pollution and unwanted elements in the environment.
Biodiversity conservation is very important for the sustainability of a healthier earth by preserving and protecting species, ecosystem, and natural resources.
To ready more on biodiversity click on below link

History of World Environment Day

5th June is also called as United Nations’ flagship day and held annually since 1974 for promoting worldwide awareness on environment preservation and protection.
 In 1974, UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) declared World Environment Day in the opening of Stockholm Conference on Environment.
This day is also a foundation day of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), it is an agency that helps all developing countries to develop the environment protection and preservation measure, targets, policies, monitoring standards and thresholds.

World Environment Day themes of previous years

Year
Theme
Hosted by country
2006
Deserts and Desertification
Algeria
2007
Melting Ice? – A Hot Topic
Norway
2008
Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy
New Zealand
2009
Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat Climate Change
Mexico
2010
Many Species. One Planet. One Future
Bangladesh
2011
Forests: Nature at your Service
India
2012
Green Economy: Does it include you?
Brazil
2013
Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Food print
Mongolia
2014
Raise your voice, not the sea level
Barbados
2015
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.
Italy
2016
Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife trade
Angola
2017
Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator
Canada
2018
Beat Plastic Pollution
 India
2019
Beat Air Pollution

China

World Environment Day logos, symbols, and colours

Human eyes are more sensitive to light with a wavelength of approximately 555 nm, which corresponds to a green colour. Human rod cells are more sensitive to the wavelength of green. Green colours represent nature, it is the symbol of growth, balance, spring, rebirth, prosperity, freshness, safety, harmony, fertility, emotion, and much more which helps to refresh our mind.
Our eyes have three types of photoreceptor cells called cones, which contain photographic pigments, which are designed to detect wavelengths. Together, the cones work to communicate to the brain the colours we see. During the day, our eyes can more easily capture green light.
The word “Environment” is always represented by the green colour, the colour of nature. Blue and green colours are the dominant colour of the earth. Blue represent water and green represent nature/ greenery.

Therefore, all the Environment logos are prepared with the combination of green and blue colours.


World Environment Day logos, symbols, and colours
World Environment Day logos, symbols, and colours


Environment symbols are generally prepared using the earth, protecting by hands of human, national flora and fauna, green leaves, etc.
These Environment logos, symbols and colours are used to prepare posters and other publications to drive the Environment awareness campaigns. 

Ideas for celebrating World Environment Day 2020

The main objective of the celebration of World Environment Day is to spread awareness of the preservation and protection of the environment. On this day, an awareness campaign is carried out on various subjects such as air pollution, water pollution, preservation of marine ecosystems, the ban on plastic, global warming, protection of wildlife, deforestation, etc around the world so that the public can become aware and take care of the environment for its sustainability.
Since the theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “Biodiversity”, here are the best ideas for preparing your awareness campaign.
Step-1: Form a team to plan Environment Day celebration programs
It is very important to plan your activities, aids, and other arrangement for a successful campaign during the celebration of World Environment Day. Although the name is Environment day, you have to run the campaign for the entire week or for 15days before 5th June.
You must list out all activities, including arrangement of poster and banners, decoration aids, infrastructure to prepare stage for 5th June, circulars, gifts and prizes/ awards, refreshment for audience, list of chief guests and their invitations, etc. Nominate responsibilities of your team members for each activity.
Step-2:  Prepare the aid material for the celebration of environment week.
You have to prepare the material including posters, banners, theme banners, material for contests and environment publications. All prizes and other material to be purchased on the market must be in your hands prior to scheduled date.
Here are the tips and ideas for celebrating World environment day and awareness period (week/ 15 days prior to actual day)

1. Quiz contest on Biodiversity and World Environment Day
It is one of the best ways to educate your employees, workers and communities, including schools.
Here you need to prepare a questionnaire on biodiversity and World Environment Day. You can take this quiz online for your employees with the help of your IT team. For community school workers and children, you must organize and distribute hard copies.
You will find below the organization sequence of the quiz contest
1. Prepare the questionnaire and keep it secret. The number of questions must not exceed 15 and must be of an objective type.
2. Prepare the answer sheet and keep it secret.
3. Mention the rules of the quiz before taking the quiz.
4. The notice of declaration of the quiz contest must be distributed by the management at least one week before the actual date of the contest. It must be sent by e-mail as well as on paper on a bulletin board. It must be in local and English language.
5. The rules for evaluating results must be part of the above circular.
6. Designate the judge for the evaluation of the results in order to maintain transparency.
7. Announce the winner one day before the celebration program and send the message to all the winners for the awarding of the prize on the date and time scheduled.
8. Organize appreciation awards for the winners.

To get quiz questionnaire on Environment Day and Biodiversity, click on below link

2.  Essay competition for employees, workers, and children in community school
It is one of the best ways to educate your employees, workers and communities, including school children.
Here, you must organize blank papers in A4 format and distribute them on the day of the competition.
You will find below the organization sequence of the essay competition
1. Organize all the materials, including papers and other aids.
2. The word limit for the essay must be limited to 200 worlds for workers, 500 worlds for employees and 100 worlds for schoolchildren.
3. The dissertation topic must be announced at the time of the competition.
4. The notice of essay contest must be distributed by the management at least one week before the actual date of the contest. It must be sent by e-mail as well as on paper on a bulletin board. It must be in local and English language.
5. The rules for evaluating results must be part of the above circular.
6. Designate the judge for the evaluation of the results in order to maintain transparency.
7. Announce the winner one day before the celebration program and send the message to all the winners for the awarding of the prize on the date and time scheduled.
8. Organize appreciation awards for the winners.

3.  Poster competition for employees, workers, and community school children
Here, you must have blank drawing sheets in A3 or A2 format and distribute them during the competition day. The size of the sheets should be decided for all categories of participants. The subject of the poster contest must be announced at the time of the contest. Follow all the activities listed in the above competitions.

4. Slogan competition on theme (Biodiversity) World Environment Day
This competition can be organized for all employees and workers. The best innovative slogan would be selected by the judges and will be declared the winner (1st, 2nd and 3rd). This competition can be organized in different language categories.
The selected slogans can be displayed or painted on the premises or organization of your company to motivate people and encourage participation.


5. Conduct community awareness program on World Environment Day
Here you can take the help of your CSR team and run the environmental awareness program for your neighbouring villages, including the public and schoolchildren.
You can plan general cleaning activities as well as tree planting with the above program.
You can organize painting of school walls. The painting may include an ecosystem and other animals with different vegetation.

6. Conduct Training program on Biodiversity for workers
You can organize an on-site training program on the preservation and protection of the environment and biodiversity. This program can be further improved by including the on-site quiz with the prize distribution. Here, you must ask the questions orally, give the participant a chance by raising their hand, and then allow one person at a time to answer the question. If it's just handing over the prize. If the answer is false, pass the opportunity to another participant.

7. Debate competition for Employees
Take the candidacies of the participants, form teams, organize the competition with the availability of the judges, give the subject as "Man is a beneficial or undesirable element of biodiversity", "The conservation of biodiversity, the need today 'hui ", etc.

9. Skid or Drama competition for Employees and workers
Take the nominations of the participants, form a team, organize the competition with the availability of the judges. It is a very interesting concept to make people aware of the environment.

10. Computer flash awareness on Environment
This is a better idea for continuous awareness on different environmental topics.
To do this, you need to prepare the PowerPoint presentation slide for each day. Provide these ppts to your IT team to configure them on the desktop of all computers / laptops. Since all computers and laptops are connected to a single server in your company, each time a user starts their machine, the desktop flash appears on the screen. It will disappear at the first click. This way you can flash lots of messages / information about the environment to raise awareness.

11. Environment Cleaning activity
This can be organized by your CSR team. Identify the area inside and outside your business premises, including the Sour Navy. A group or team with all the other volunteers will do the cleaning activity.

12. Tree plantation
It is a traditional activity to plant trees in your business premises as well as in your neighbouring communities / villages. Your company's management team should participate in tree planting activities to promote environmental awareness. This activity should be specially organized so that schoolchildren inculcate responsibility for a healthy environment.

13.  Display of slogans and posters on Environment
It is the best way to create awareness about the environment. Beautiful eye-catching posters can be prepared with slogans and displayed in a conspicuous place. The slogan can be written in English as well as in the local language. The poster should be such that if people cannot read, they must understand the message by seeing the image.

Conclusion
The theme of World Environment Day 2020 biodiversity. World environment day is celebrated worldwide in almost all the countries (more than 150 countries) every year on 5th June to encourage the awareness on preserving and protecting the environment.
World environment day history reveals that 5th June is United Nations’ flagship day and held annually since 1974 where UNGA declared World Environment Day in the opening of Stockholm Conference on Environment. This day is also a foundation day of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

I hope the above ideas for celebrating World Environment Day can help you publicize World Environment Day.

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