World Environment Day

Every year on June 5th, people from across the planet come together to celebrate World Environment Day. This year, the theme is simple: “Connecting People to Nature.”

The idea is to encourage everyone to take the time to go outside and appreciate the natural world. By spending time outdoors, we can begin to understand how much we all depend on nature for water, food and clean air. Then there are the spiritual benefits of a hike through the wilderness or a quiet moment under a tree. Even in the city centre, green parks and gardens provide an escape from busy urban life.

While you are outdoors on World Environment Day, why not do your bit for nature by picking up some litter, or investigating the local wildlife?

“If you lose passion for nature you’ve lost one of more precious things human beings have,” said Sir David Attenborough earlier this year.

Understanding nature is more important than ever. The Day has lots of stories on the issue, including the dangers of air pollution, the tide of plastic, and the global movement to tackle climate change.

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In this News in Pictures slideshow, we published award-winning images celebrating Britain’s landscapes.


  1. Create a mind map showing some of the benefits that humanity gets from the natural world.
  2. Write a poem inspired by the theme “Connecting People to Nature”.
  3. Plan an outdoor activity that your class can do this week for World Environment Day.