The countdown to World Environment Day is on: 150 days to go!

OTTAWA, Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - The countdown is on! In 150 days—on June 5, 2017—Canada will host World Environment Day, the largest single annual event for celebrating positive environmental action.

This event, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is marked by thousands of communities worldwide. The theme for this year's World Environment Day "Connecting People to Nature" is an opportunity for individuals across Canada and around the world to discover their natural environment and to appreciate the benefits of healthy ecosystems.

World Environment Day will be an important part of Canada 150 celebrations. Canada and its international partners, including UNEP, are planning many events in the 150 days leading up to, and on, June 5.


"In 150 days, Canada will host the world in celebrating World Environment Day. In the spirit of this year's theme, 'Connecting People to Nature,' I encourage all Canadians to explore our country's beautiful natural areas, including our national parks, national wildlife areas, and migratory bird sanctuaries. As part of the celebration, Parks Canada is offering free passes to national parks across the country, throughout 2017."
 – The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day.
  • Since 1987, World Environment Day has been hosted by a different country, where the official global celebrations take place.
  • Recent hosts have included Angola, Italy, Barbados, Brazil, Norway, and the United States.

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SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free); United Nations Environment Programme Newsdesk, Nairobi, Kenya,, +254 725 939 620


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