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World Environment Day 2016

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By Jennifer Horvath on June 6, 2016

Since its creation in 1974 by the United Nations, World Environment Day (WED) has evolved into an established global platform for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

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Did you know that Sunday, June 5th was World Environment Day? Now celebrated in over 100 countries, WED provides us with an important reminder of our duty to protect nature and the planet.

The host country for this year’s World environment Day is Angola, a country that is currently seeking to restore its elephant populations, conserve Africa’s biodiversity-rich wildlife, and safeguard the environment as it rebuilds after more than a quarter-century of civil war.

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Every World Environment Day is organized around a theme that reflects a pressing environmental concern. This year’s WED promotes zero tolerance for the illegal trading of wildlife. ‘Go Wild for Life’ reminds us of the drastic consequences stemming from the illegal trade of wildlife. which threatens species such as rhinos and tigers with extinction. Wildlife crime also undermines economies and security; these problems are especially prevalent in developing countries.

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For more info, check out the WED 2016 website.