Colour Coded Bins for India from June 5, 2017
World Environment Day (WED) is not a day just for celebration, it’s also the day you work out your connection to nature. “Connecting People to Nature” is the theme this year that is urging people to go into nature to appreciate it and to deliberate on how we are dependent on it. The day also challenges us to find meaningful ways to experience, and cherish this vital relationship, and protect the earth.
June 5 is the day to engage millions of people across the globe and pledge actions that help conserve and build resilience in nature. The United Nations General Assembly began the discourse in 1974 with environmental protection events such as neighbourhood clean-ups – much like our Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, actions against wildlife crime, planting, and more.
This year Canada is celebrating World Environment Day in a big way, marking it as an important part of its 150th birthday celebration. Canada is offering free passes for its national parks throughout 2017 and many countries may waive or reduce the entry fee on June 5.
This year the UN is focusing on goal 14 to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources” and goal 15 to “Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” for their 2030 agenda.
India will mark World Environment Day with a massive push to improve waste management. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Indians to recognise the importance of nature for human well-being and to connect with nature. He announced that from June 5, 4000 colour-coded litterbins will be installed in various towns to encourage people to separate solid waste from compostable waste and ensure that more of it can be recycled or re-used.