World Environment Day
Sarasota County has been selected by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) as the official North American host community for World Environment Day (WED) 2014, to be held on June 5.
More than just a single day of environmentally focused events, the World Environment Day celebration launches on Earth Day in April and bridges the globe—and the months—with programs and events that culminate on June 5.
This year’s launch will occur at in Osprey, during its 25th annual Earth Day celebration on April 27.
This year’s WED theme focuses on the small island developing states, places particularly threatened by environmental changes. Sarasota County was chosen to host this year’s World Environment Day events because it is a coastal community facing similar challenges, and also because of its positive and proactive environmental track record, according to UNEP RONA.
Since its inception in 1972, World Environment Day has grown into a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries. It also serves as grassroots inspiration for individuals and groups to do something positive for the environment, galvanizing creative individual actions into a collective power that has the potential to generate an exponential positive impact around the world.