World Environment Day 2024

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What is World Environment Day?

World Environment Day is a global platform to tackle environmental changes and has been led by the United Nations Environment Programme since 1973. 

Each year on the 5th of June, more than 150 countries and millions of people come together to take part in in-person activities, events and actions to help protect the planet we live on.

What is this year's theme?

Every year a different environmental challenge is selected as a theme and a country is chosen as a host. 

Previous years have focused on pressing issues such as air pollution, illegal trade in wildlife, ecosystem restoration and many more. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The theme will focus on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience under the slogan "Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration", with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosting the celebrations.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification has reported that as much as 40% of the planet's land is degraded. This impacts about half of the global population, threatening approximately 50% of the world's GDP. Since 2000, there has been a 29% rise in both the frequency and duration of droughts. If immediate measures are not taken, it is projected that by 2050, droughts could impact over 75% of the global population.

How you can make a difference

You can make small changes to your daily routine this World Environment Day and beyond that will make a big difference. Here's how you can get involved in helping to restore the planet!

  • Support brands that sustainably source materials
  • Include more soil-friendly foods in your diet, such as lentils, beans and chickpeas
  • Collect kitchen waste to use as compost for your garden
  • Volunteer and contribute to the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes
  • Buy local to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Support local beekeepers by buying their products

You can even make a difference when you recycle your tech or recycle DVDs, CDs, games and books with musicMagpie – it's smart for you, smart for the planet! Switching to refurbished phones is also a great way to keep products in circulation for longer… we even sell refurbished iPhone models too.