Australian World Environment Day Awards

Christopher Woodthorpe UNIC Director presenting World Environment Day Media Award to Sarah Clarke, ABC TV and Radio, for Australia's Changing Climate report.

In celebration of World Environment Day, UNIC Canberra joined the United Nations Association of Australia at its World Environment Day Awards.  The theme for 2013 World Environment Day celebrations was Think.Eat.Save – reduce your foodprint. The annual national Awards recognized innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders.  In supporting the event, UNIC Canberra’s Director delivered the official message of the Day and presented a number of awards.

This year the programme gained prominence with the addition of the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year and Young Environmentalist of the Year awards, presented by the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water.  The event was also attended by the Shadow Minister for Climate Change Action, Environment and heritage as well as ministers from both Victoria and New South Wales, in addition to representatives from civil society, media, business and local governments.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Through World Environment Day, the United Nations 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.

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.

Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make it happen! We call for action — organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, stop food waste, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

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Lear more about the Think. Eat. Save. campaign.