World Environment Day (WED) is an international day of environmental awareness and action that happens on 5 June each year.
Started in 1974 by the United Nations, each year WED is hosted in a different country, with events focusing on a central theme. World Environment Day 2021 is being held in Pakistan, with a focus on the theme of Ecosystem Restoration.
Ever since its creation, the United Nations has emphasised that WED should be seen as the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth; whether that be something as small as picking up litter or planting a few flowers, or organising a more large-scale event in your local school or community like a clean-up campaign, a tree-planting drive, or a recycling drive.
World Environment Day is a great time to champion our environment, something the Sustainability Team at Eden District Council does every day through its work.
The team tackles the climate and ecological crises head-on, promoting internal changes at Eden District Council such as low carbon energy, sustainable transport, waste generation and land management. It also works to help the wider district become more sustainable and continue to work with partners, local businesses and community groups to do so.
One such programme is the Greening Campaign, which launches in Eden on Wednesday 9 June 2021. The Greening Campaign is about local people, landscape and a shared love of place. It is a toolkit specifically designed for use by Parish and Town Councils, providing structured steps for those communities seeking direction in their response to the climate and ecological crises.
The programme is designed so communities are supported both by their councils and by each other. If you would like to get involved in visualising and working towards a sustainable future in your locality, speak to your local Parish Council about the programme.
You can learn more about the Greening Campaign on their website www.greening-campaign.org