World Environment Day 5 June 2012

5 June is World Environment Day, an annual global event organised by the United Nations Environment Programme to celebrate positive environmental action.

The World Environment Day celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to be one of the United Nations main ways of creating awareness of environmental issues and encouraging political action, while making everyone realise that they can make a difference too.

This year the World Environment Day celebrations focus on creating a more green economy. A green economy is one that helps economic growth and employment while minimalizing the effect this has on the environment.

To coincide with World Environment Day the United Nations Environment Programme has published The Green Economy Report, which says there is strong evidence to suggest that moving to a green economy has sound economic reasoning.

The report argues that current development methods are unsustainable, not only environmentally, but also from economic, employment and social perspective, whereas a greener economy offering more sustainable enterprises is capable of creating tens of millions of green jobs.

To find out more about visit the United Nations Environment Programmes website.

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