June is Environment Month
World Environment Day is the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) biggest annual event commemorated on 5 June, with an aim of galvanising positive environmental action. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1972, and was first celebrated in 1974 with a view to deepening environmental awareness and address concerns such as the depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification and global warming.
South Africa has adopted the entire month of June to heighten awareness of environmental issues through various pertinent activities. It is during the month of June that South Africa will also celebrate the World Oceans Day (WOD) and the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD).
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will once again lead the celebration of World Oceans Day (WOD) on 8 June 2018, at the Port of Durban in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. WOD is celebrated annually on 8 June and has a history spanning over two decades.
On the 17th June, South Africa will also join our global partners in recognising and celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification.
The June Environment Month activity list is as follows:
Eradicating plastics pollution begins with small, individual consumer actions such as avoiding single-use plastic products; and with recycling existing plastic products wherever possible.
This is the message from Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa as the international community marks World Environment Day (WED). This year’s WED theme: Beating Plastic Pollution, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic products.
|The WOD is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme celebrated annually on June 8th with an aim of raising awareness about the significance of the marine environment. It also promotes the role of the oceans and the importance of conserving and protecting the marine environment. This year’s WOD theme is: Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.|
The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be celebrated worldwide on 17 June with the focus on sustainable land management as a way to regenerate economies, create jobs and revitalize communities. Under the slogan “Land has true value – Invest in it,” WDCD2018 will call all involved – producers, consumers and policy makers – to make a difference by investing in the future of land.