HANCOCK -- Sunday, June 5, 2011, is World Environment Day (WED), sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme. It is an annual event aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on June 5 every year.
World Environment Day began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
This year's theme -- Forests: Nature At Your Service -- is meant to create awareness of the multiple roles forests play in our lives, including providing a source of livelihood, refuge for many species, and clean air for all.
Do something for the environment on June 5 -- plant flowers or vegetables, plant a tree, create habitat in your back yard for birds and other wildlife, pick up plastic bags floating around the neighborhood, recycle something to keep it out of a landfill ...
Check out the World Environment Day Web page to read how people all over the world are taking action for the environment.
Concerned about climate change? Click here for a section devoted to that topic with links to recent informative articles.