The natural environment has a direct effect on young people’s well-being; it must be maintained for the present and next generations. The friendly use of natural resources and environmentally sustainable development will help to improve young people’s life. Maintaining the environmental integrity is the responsibility of every individual within the society.
World Environment Day is observed on the 5th of June every year across the globe is the largest annual event for positive environmental action. This Day aims to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment where we all live.
World Environment Day was inaugurated in 1972 following the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden on 5-16 June the first international conference on environmental issues. Since its first celebration on 5 June 1974, millions of people across the world have taken part in thousands of events to raise awareness and generate political momentum around growing concerns such as the depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification and global warming.
The theme for 2017 World Environment Day is “Connecting People Back to Nature’. It implores us to get outdoors and to appreciate its beauty and the importance of protecting the earth that we all share. Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), aim to listen to young people's voices from all around the world, to capture their thoughts, their aspirations for the future as well as reactions on environmental issues. Furthermore, World Environment Day is also a day for us to inspect the state of our environment. In this day, we support all stakeholders to mobilize everyone, especially young people, enlighten them on the exigency of sustainable development issues and encourage their contributions in the environment preserving activity.
Thus, we encourage all young people to be a part of the celebrations and obtain the opportunity to share their ideas and activities for making our world cleaner, greener, better and brighter. So let us all pledge to do something, at least one thing, as our contribution of the World Environment Day.
Given that young people are the leaders of tomorrow, we therefore call upon the head of state to consider young people to be part of the Paris Agreement plans and regularly report their own contribution in order to mitigate global warming. To add on to that the Secretary General United Nations Mr Antonio Gueterres said our “environment is the keystone of sustainable future”. Therefore without the healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity. Let us all protect our environment our only home!
Happy World Environment Day!