World Environment Day

The message is simple: reject single-use plastic. Refuse what you can’t re-use. Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world


First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2018, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development states our resolve “to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources”. In particular, Goals 14 and 15 focus on protecting under water and on land ecosystems, as well as on sustainably using marine and terrestrial resources.

All over the world, UN Enviroment is inviting everybody, from individuals to goverments, small or big communities, schools, nonprofits, or businesses to plan events, to convert these events in a global movement, to take action and to share how you are participating to Beat Plastic Pollution. There are several ways governments, private sector and citizens can help to combat plastic pollution:

Make a plan to beat the plastic pollution.

Organize an event in your community and register your event.

Make your event fun, inspiring and interesting.

Take Action. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Share! Get your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues involved. Bring together an inspiring change.

Be a part of a global movement to break up with plastic. Remember, if you can't use it, refuse it!