World Environment Day 2017: Connecting People to Nature

Jamaica’s Cockpit Country: one of the most sacred environmental spaces in the country.

Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day (WED). For 2017, the theme is ‘Connecting People to Nature’. According to the official WED website:

“‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. This year’s host country Canada got to choose the theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.”

So, how have you been connecting with the environment? How will you, after today, do so? Here are five ways that you can connect with the environment:

  1. Go visit a park.
  2. Go outside and explore your backyard (if you have one).
  3. Take a beach trip.
  4. Do a hike or nature walk.
  5. Get involved with an environmentally aware group.