June 5, 2012
Happy World Environment Day! Today is the 40th anniversary of World Environment Day (WED), which is a global celebration where we spread environmental awareness. First organized in 1972 by the United Nations, today is truly a day of ecological unity.
Each year, a special theme is selected for WED and this year’s is “Green Economy: Does it include you?” WED is a challenge presented to anyone willing to partake in improving the planet, the Huffington Post reports.
Basically, the United Nations Environmental Programme challenges individuals to participate in any activity that betters the environment and help them become part of a green economy.
According to WED’s website, so far 9,137 activities have been registered where people are helping green the planet and educating others about a green economy. Each activity will be judged in one of five categories and winners will receive a brand new Kia. The car company contributed four Rio cars and one 2012 Optima Hybrid in support of WED.
“Through World Environment Day the U.N. Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development,” WED’s websites says. “World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.”
Celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder are also giving back today, as each are acting U.N. Ambassadors. Watch the video below and see the passion Somerhalder holds for the event.
To see what activities are happening worldwide, click here. There is still time to lend a helping hand!