On World Environment Day, pledges offer hope for the future

Meanwhile, faith leaders have come together to sign a historic call on climate-responsible finance. The World Council of Churches, Council of Muslim Elders and Council of Rabbis of New York have pledged to only engage with financial institutions aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

One of Australia’s biggest retailers, Woolworths, has announced it will stop selling 15-cent reusable plastic bags nationwide as part of a phase-out over the next year.

India’s largest online supermarket, bigbasket, has announced that it will eliminate plastic packaging from its fruit and vegetable delivery services.

Chile has ratified the Escazú Agreement, which guarantees public access to environmental information and justice.

In the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the city’s Environmental Protection Board announced that it would reduce waste by 30%.

Cyclathon in Mumbai on the occasion of World Environment Day. Photo: Ashish Vaishnav/Sopa images via Reuters

Other events ranged from an electric vehicle rally in Cairo to a beach cleanup in Peru, to a massive cyclathon in Mumbai and an e-waste collection in Bucharest.

Tens of millions of people demanded urgent action on social media to restore and conserve the environment, trending #WorldEnvironmentDay on Twitter. Everyone from the UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Pope Francis tweeted in favor of environmental action.

Whatever the medium or the event, the message was the same: time is running out and a lot of action is still needed to avoid catastrophe. “The triple planetary crisis is accelerating, and why? Because we consume 1.7 planets a year,” Andersen said in Stockholm. “We only have one Earth. We have to accept that we are not doing enough to protect it.

About World Environment Day

world environment day June 5 is the biggest international day of the environment. Led by UNEP and held annually since 1973, the event has become the world’s largest platform for environmental awareness, with millions of people around the world pledging to protect the planet.

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