50 years after the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the protection of the environment, Sweden will be hosting World Environment Day 2022.

The theme: #OnlyOneEarth

June 5th, 2022, will mark World Environment Day, as designed by the Stockholm Conference in 1972.

This year’s theme is #OnlyOneEarth and it was chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference, that used the same motto. The theme couldn’t be less accurate: Planet Earth is only one and it is our challenge and responsibility to protect it. It recalls the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature as resources are finite and must be safeguarded.

person holding a globe with a plant growing on top
Planet Earth must be safeguarded combining policies and choices to live more sustainably (Photo via Canva Pro)

The 1972 Stockholm Conference

Sweden was chosen to host World Environment Day 2022 for its environmental commitment since the 1972 Stockholm Conference, the first world conference on the environment.

The 1972 Stockholm Conference resulted in the creation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), a body that promotes sustainable development and encourages the implementation of the environmental agenda.

It also led to the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment, an ambitious action plan that serves as a guide for the preservation of the environment.

Finally, the 1972 Stockholm Conference designed June 5th as World Environment Day every year.

World Environment Day 2022 will be hosted in Sweden

Sweden has been chosen for its environmental commitment since 1972.

This year, World Environment Day will highlight environmental concerns, Sweden’s initiatives, and global efforts regarding the preservation of the environment.

Sweden’s initiatives include the long-term goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2045, and negative emissions afterwards.

Stockholm +50

On June 2nd and 3rd, Sweden will also host Stockholm +50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm Conference and promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

an overview of 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goals
An overview of the 2030 Agenda (Photos via Canva Pro)

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Author: Stefania Angeli

Hi! My name is Stefania, and I’m a student of the degree course in “International Tourism and Leisure Industries” at the University of Bologna. My passion for traveling was sparkled by study trips and hiking in Trentino, where I was born and raised. Moreover, living in the US for one year has brought me closer to environmental sustainability issues, that were dear to my host family. My favorite travel? Interrail in Scandinavia, because it doesn’t take much to spend a memorable trip and contribute to the protection of the environment that surrounds us!
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