AOSK Homa Bay Celebrates World Environment Day 2013

On 1st of June, 2013 the leadership and community representation of AOSK District Unit in the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay met in St. Bernadette Raruowa parish to mark the World Environment Day 2013. This day was characterized by Tree Planting in this part of the diocese which is predominantly dry.

Sr. Bridget Eze (Carmelite) addressing the Christians of Sunday after “Corpus Domini” celebrations urged the Christians towards sustainable consumption with regard to Environmental Conservation.



World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

World Environment Day is an annual event held on June 5th to aid in the global effort to protect and improve our environment (cf. resolution 2994 (XXVII) of December 15, 1972, the UN General Assembly designated). Each year a special environmental theme is set as the focus of the year's celebration. The first ever theme was ‘Only One Planet’. Even though the first themed celebration of World Environmental Day was in 1974, the first global celebration of this kind was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1987. Since then there has been a host city where the main celebration is held.

This most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action promotes ways to improve the earth's environment, such as conserving forests. It thus deepens public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. It is celebrated in many ways in different countries all over the world. Activities include street rallies and parades, as well as concerts, tree planting, and clean-up campaigns.

World Environment Day is one of the major medium through which the United Nations (UN) arouses worldwide awareness of the environment, encouraging people to voice their thoughts and do their utmost to improve the environment. The UN also enhances political attention and action towards improving the environment. Through World Environment Day, the UNEP personalize environmental issues as well as leading people to realize their responsibility and power to become agents for sustainable and equitable development. Indeed it is a day for all people to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for a safer and more prosperous future, both for themselves and future generations.