2015 June Environment Month

Event date: 
2015-06-01 16:10 to 2015-06-30 16:10


Introduction and background


introductionEvery year, the Republic of South Africa observes the June Environment Month which is organized and coordinated by the Department of Environmental Affairs.  During the June Environment Month, South Africa is able to give a human face to environmental issues and enable people to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development. 

Environment Month is a month of advocating partnerships among all stakeholders among all species living on this one planet and sharing a common future.  DEA aims to use Environment Month to promote the activities and programmes of different branches within the department.  The main event will be the World Environment Day to be held on the 05 June and the proposed venue is Phalaborwa.


South Africa's celebration


Sustainable Development will take centre stage as South Africa prepares to celebrate national Environment month. This year celebrations will unfold under the overarching theme, "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet. Consume with Care."Environment Month is an annual event on South Africa’s environment calendar.

The theme was declared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the celebration of World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June. This theme centres on the well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, which ultimately depends upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.

As concerns for the environment and its ability to sustain our current consumption patterns grow, globally the move towards sustainable development is becoming increasingly urgent. There is an acknowledgment that the earth’s supply of natural resources is not infinite.  Faced with the real threat of climate change, sustainable development becomes more pertinent and significant from the South African and worldwide perspective.

Our challenge as a nation which is a developing state is to find a healthy balance between the three pillars - economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. In pursuit of South Africa's developmental pathway, a shared vision and common goal of sustainability has emerged as a strong driver of industry values as well as societal behaviour.

As a nation we adopted the National Development Plan, which maps out the vision of the country for the 20 years ahead. As the environment sector, we will implement related aspects of the priority areas in this Plan that deal with sustainable development.

Our rich environmental and natural resource-endowment such as productive land, clean and sufficient water, healthy air, beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, towns, villages and cultures;  (the very foundation for our inclusive sustainable economic and social development) must not only benefit us today but also our children and grandchildren.

As part of the global community, South Africa celebrates World Environment Day which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment to create, educate and raise awareness on environmental conservation.


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Environment Month activities' themes and messages


World Environment Day - 05 June (WED)

world environment day
The WED theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care". Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth.  The theme for 2015 is how the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies ultimately depends on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.


World Oceans Day - 08 June (WOD)

world ocenas day

World Oceans Day activities take place under the pertinent theme, as determined by the United Nations, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”. World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as a source of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 2008 and is observed on 8 June each year.




Environment Month coinsides with Youth Month

youth month
Youth Month coincides with Environment Month and DEA would like to take this opportunity to highlight its efforts aimed at job creation and empowering the youth in the environment sector. This period provides a great opportunity to raise awareness on the environment, environmental education, job opportunities in the sector and the green economy.


2015 World Day to Combat Desertification - 17 June (WDCD) 


2015 World Day to Combat Desertification
World Day to Combat Desertification will take place in Nquthu local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the theme for 2015 will be “Attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems,” which will be used in combination with the slogan “No such thing as a free lunch.  Invest in healthy soils.”



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