Commemorated every year on 5 June, since 1972, WED is a principal vehicle through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment. WED 2011, in support of the UN International Year of Forests (IYF), is aimed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive action for the environment. We count on you to make this happen! This year’s theme –
Forests: Nature at Your Service – underscores the variety of life-sustaining services that forests provide and calls us all to take action to protect these resources and move towards a green economy. The global host country for 2011 is India, a country in which forests constitute more than 20 percent of geographical land mass. Read about the measures the country is taking to combat land-degradation and conserve critical forest ecosystems on www.unep.org/wed/hostcountry. Every activity matters – organize a neighborhood clean-up; announce an environmental initiative for your city, state or country; adopt targets for environmental improvements in your company; use cloth bags and motivate your school mates and teachers to do the same; plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree-planting effort for your family; walk to work, start a recycling drive among your friends . . . the possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re new to WED or a loyal supporter, we welcome you to what is possibly the biggest WED celebration in history.
Listen to one of our WED Voices – Sir David Attenborough – bring the WED 2011 message to life in a short animated film that highlights the role forests can play in national development, a green economy and climate change. You will find the film on our homepage:
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