Today in History: World Environment Day

| June 5, 2017

slide design-World Environment DayWith the recent U.S. federal government decision to pull out of the global climate change agreement, we look to historical concerns and current initiatives in our schools, communities, and cities, here and abroad. What constitutes a good quality of life, and why do certain factors in the environment affect the quality of life? How will environmental issues pan out over the coming decades and what can you do to help?

World Environment Day began in 1974 and is recognized annually on June 5th as an effort by the United Nations to increase global awareness of and action towards the protection of planet Earth. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 in support of its Conference on the Human Environment and has addressed many many topics and concerns through the years. This year’s theme is “Connecting People to Nature” — inviting us to think about how we are a part of nature and how we depend on it.

The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



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