World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It is celebrated each year on 5 June.
Over the years it has become one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
The agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
Every year activities are organized in more than 100 countries. Since 1987 a host city marks the start of the Day.
Themes of World Environment Day:
1974 Only one Earth
1975 Human Settlements
1976 Water: Vital Resource for Life
1977 Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation
1978 Development Without Destruction
1979 Only One Future for Our Children - Development Without Destruction
1980 A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction
1981 Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains
1982 Ten Years After
1983 Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy
1985 Youth: Population and the Environment
1986 A Tree for Peace
1987 Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof
1988 When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last
1989 Global Warming; Global Warning
1990 Children and the Environment
1991 Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership
1992 Only One Earth, Care and Share
1993 Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious Circle
1994 One Earth One Family
1995 We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment
1996 Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
1997 For Life on Earth
1998 For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas
1999 Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!
2000 The Environment Millennium - Time to Act
2001 Connect with the World Wide Web of Life
2002 Give Earth a Chance
2003 Water Two Billion People are Dying for It!
2004 Wanted! Seas and Oceans Dead or Alive?
2005 Green Cities Plan for the Planet!
2006 Deserts and Desertification Dont Desert Drylands!
2007 Melting ice - A hot topic?
2008 Kick the habit! Towards a low carbon economy
2009 Your planet needs you - UNite to Combat Climate Change
World Environment Day on the UNEP website.
Stamp catalogue - 1990
Tunisia 5 June 2000
Stamp catalogue - 1996
Tunisia 5 June 1996
Stamp catalogue - 2000
Jersey 5 June 2000
Stamp catalogue - 2008