Greener lifestyles the focus when Sweden hosts World Environment Day 2022
Sweden will host World Environment Day on 5 June 2022 in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme – ‘Only One Earth’ – will highlight the possibilities for shifting to more sustainable, greener lifestyles.
World Environment Day is an annual UN international day. The ‘Only One Earth’ theme will focus on the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature, and our possibilities for shifting to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices. ‘Only One Earth’ was also the motto for the UN’s first conference on the human environment, the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The implication is that the Earth is still our only home, and that we must safeguard its resources. A range of activities will be linked to the theme.
“We are proud to host World Environment Day 2022. Sweden invites the countries of the world to participate in the celebrations and to organise activities and events. We want to highlight some of the most urgent environmental issues, as well as a number of Swedish initiatives and our role in international environmental action,” says Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund.
The Government has already tasked the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency with organising and coordinating communication initiatives in Sweden ahead of World Environment Day, and with highlighting activities in Sweden that are linked to World Environment Day.
In 2022, it will be 50 years since the UN’s first conference on the human environment was held in Stockholm. Two tangible results of the Stockholm Conference were the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme and the inception of World Environment Day.
The 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference will be marked by both UNEP and Sweden in various ways next year, including through the high-level Stockholm+50 conference to be held on 2–3 June 2022.
World Environment Day is the UN’s flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Held annually since 1974, World Environment Day has also become a platform for promoting progress on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNEP is responsible for its implementation, which engages governments, businesses, organisations, public authorities and civil society throughout the world. More than 150 countries participate each year.