World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has provided a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments and all celebrities worldwide adopt to advocate environmental causes. The theme for 2020 is “Bio Diversity”, and will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. Colombia is one of the largest “Megadiverse” nations in the world to hold 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Since it is part of the Amazon rain forest, Colombia ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fish, and amphibians.
Art to celebrate biodiversity for World Environment Day
We decided to feature select paintings by children as well as artists on this occasion . All the paintings by children have been shortlisted from Khula Aasmaan art competition for children and young adults.
This painting by V. Rajaganapathy was shortlisted from Khula Aasmaan art competition for children for July to September 2017.
This painting (The Jungle Mystery by Sharlina Shete (class 5) from St. Helena’s School, Pune) received an honorable mention in Khula Aasmaan children’s art competition for April to June 2019.
This painting by Vidisha Ajmera won a bronze medal in Khula Aasmaan children’s art competition for October to December 2016.
The above painting by Mihika Parulekar (8 years) from Parle Tilak Vidyalaya, ICSE, Mumbai, won a gold medal in Khula Aasmaan online art competition for children and young adults.