World Environment Day, hosted by Colombia this 2020, is the most renowned day for environmental action, according to the United Nations. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on June 5: engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
This year, the theme is biodiversity– a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.
The 2020 event was scheduled to be held in Bogata, Colombia, but in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Colombia is hosting the occasion virtually.