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Building a Resilient Future: World Environment Day's Focus on Climate Change

Kiara Mandavia

Jun 5, 2023

After being founded by the UN General Assembly in 1972, World Environment Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. Official events took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, with the help of the Netherlands. Following the recent conclusion of the second round of negotiations on a worldwide accord to prevent plastic pollution in France, the focus on plastic pollution solutions this World Environment Day is especially pertinent.

After being founded by the UN General Assembly in 1972, World Environment Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023. Official events took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, with the help of the Netherlands. Following the recent conclusion of the second round of negotiations on a worldwide accord to prevent plastic pollution in France, the focus on plastic pollution solutions this World Environment Day is especially pertinent. Millions of individuals take part in worldwide activities, events, and actions virtual and in person to save our environment and make it a better place.


The urgent need to reduce plastic pollution from land and sea is the main theme of this year's World Environment Day.


“World Environment Day helps to highlight the urgent challenges we currently face. Challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Plastic pollution touches on all three of those challenges,” noted Vivianne Heijnen, Netherlands’ Minister for the Environment. “It’s crucial that we continue raising awareness, collecting best practices, and ensuring commitment from all stakeholders. I hope that this edition of World Environment Day will prove to be a landmark event in our collective fight to beat plastic pollution.” 


Approximately, 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year worldwide, of which only half is used at once, with only 10 percent being recycled. With the solutions, technologies and science, government and companies, or individuals must take some quick actions to such crisis.  


As the sun set on World Environment Day, the global community reflected on the achievements made, but also recognized the immense challenges that lie ahead. The urgent need for sustainable practices, conservation efforts, and international cooperation to protect the planet's ecosystems became more evident than ever.

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