May 31, 2011
United Nations Environment Programme
Nairobi - Whether through a litter clean-up around Mount Everest, a training programme in forest management Costa Rica or a music festival in Belgium, millions of people across the world will join forces to mark World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2011.
This year's WED theme is 'Forests: Nature at Your Service', which highlights the crucial environmental, economic and social roles played by the world's forests.
As WED host nation for 2011, India will be the focus of worldwide celebrations, with major events planned in New Delhi and Bangalore. The World 10K Race on 5 June will see some 25,000 runners pound the pavements of Bangalore in support of WED. Organizers and participants will also inaugurate a 'World 10K Forest', to which more trees will be added at future races.
UNEP will also release the Forests in a Green Economy report in New Delhi on 5 June. In the face of continuing deforestation (currently estimated at 5.2 million hectares worldwide per year), the report outlines how increased public and private investment in forest management and forest resources can boost employment, drastically reduce deforestation and help tackle climate change.
Beyond India, WED celebrations are already taking shape in cities, towns, villages and communities across the world, including:
In the run-up to World Environment Day, UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen and Don Cheadle are going head-to-head in the WED Challenge.
Before WED officially kicks off, individuals, groups, families and schools - even entire communities - can post details of their planned green events online at http://www.wedchallenge.org
When registering a WED activity on the website, you'll be asked to pledge your activity to either Don or Gisele. Full of goodwill, Gisele has pledged to plant a tree for every activity registered in her name. Full of confidence, Don Cheadle has pledged to plant two.
When the votes are counted on 5 June, the result will be a new forest inaugurated by the winner, leaving a lasting green legacy from the global WED community.
Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Rahul Bose are also facing off for World Environment Day in the WED Challenge India. More details are available at http://www.wedchallenge.org/india
Whether it's switching from plastic bags to cloth bags, car-pooling with colleagues or organizing a tree-planting day, WED activities can be big, small, local, international, noisy, quiet...just as long as they're green.
Visit http://www.unep.org/wed to browse the A-Z of WED ideas, find your inspiration and tell the world what you're doing.
For a comprehensive list of WED events in India and around the world, please visit: http://www.unep.org/wed
For more information on events for World Environment Day, please use the following regional contacts:
UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific:
UNEP Regional Office for North America:
UNEP Regional Office for Europe:
UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean:
UNEP Regional Office for Africa:
UNEP Regional Office for West Asia: