World Environment Day #OnlyOneEarth
02/06/2022 | Written by Barbara Weinberg, Senior Content Editor

In the universe are billions of galaxies. In the galaxy are billions of planets.
But there is #OnlyOneEarth. Let’s take care of it.

World Environment Day on June 5th is a momentous event to benefit our planet - a global platform to inspire positive change. Over 150 countries regale their governments, businesses, schools, communities, and celebrities to raise awareness of environmental issues. This collective movement will serve to protect and restore Mother Earth.

Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1974, it engages millions of people worldwide. Sweden is this year's host, and their Only One Earth campaign focuses on climate, nature, and pollution action. While individual efforts make a difference, combined measures help deliver transformative shifts toward a more sustainable planet.


The world is heating up too quickly for people and nature to adapt. It is a vicious circle in one instance as rising degrees escalate the demand for cooling systems, increasing CO2 emissions.

Fossil fuels emit enough greenhouse gas to alter degrees significantly. According to an analysis by NASA, the earth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record. Speak up for climate change.


The oceans are our life force, essential for survival. If they were a country, it would be the seventh-largest economy globally. Experts predict that by 2050 there may be more plastic than fish, or perhaps just plastic in our waterways.

Scientists at the Ocean Sciences Meeting (a catalyst for convening leading oceanographers and affiliated communities) estimated that more than 90 percent of all coral reefs will disappear by 2050 - mass marine extinction.

If emissions are not drastically cut, they will be the first ecosystem to disappear by the end of the century. World Environment Day has developed a practical guide to living sustainably in harmony with nature.


Pollution poisons air, land, and water. Our collective behavior represents two-thirds of all greenhouse gas. Effective management of chemicals and waste is essential for safeguarding human and environmental health.

Studies indicate that improved sustainable conduct over the next 30 years could effectively reduce emissions by 40 to 70 percent. If we shift to a greener lifestyle, modifications will foster a more harmonious way of life. At Breathe Life City Network, cities, regions, and countries unite for a clean air future.


World Environment Day is an opportunity for global communities to evolve more sustainably. Affordable solutions and technology exist. UNEP will be collaborating with Sweden to showcase a series of narratives and videos to drive consumption patterns and policies toward change.

Stay informed. Join the campaign. Tag @UNEP and share #WorldEnvironmentDay #OnlyOneEarth. Ahead of June 5th, take a moment to be the change. Create an Earth Action and share your impact on the world.


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