World Environment Day




World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on 5 June and is always a highlight on the calendar of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ). This day is the United Nation’s main vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment and is celebrated in more than 100 countries – including South Africa.

WED serves to encourage people, organisations and businesses to do something positive for the environment on 5 June every year – accumulating individual actions into a collective power that generates a positive impact on our planet.


The theme for this year is “Small Islands and Climate Change” which focuses on the collective difference small actions can make in saving the environment. For this reason, JCPZ’s Environmental Education (EE) Unit has invited sixty Non-profit Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) operating in the City of Joburg to share projects they are managing that contribute to combatting climate change.


In South Africa, celebrations are not limited to WED as we celebrate National Environment Month during June. JCPZ has lined up other environment related events for the rest of the month.


The next event will take place on Friday, 13 June when the EE Unit will host 975 learners from fifteen schools at the Zoo. Our young guests will listen to various talks and attend demonstrations that will support the WED 2014 theme. There will also be various exhibitions and learners will get the opportunity to visit the newly launched Animals of the Amazon exhibit.





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