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World Environment Day 2017

World Environment Day celebrates and promotes environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe – a United Nations initiative held annually on the 5th June. 

The Society for the Environment is keen to champion World Environment Day and what it stands for. It has highlighted important global issues since its beginning in 1974 including climate change, marine pollution and wildlife crime. For a brief history, please click here.


World Environment Day Conference

To mark the significance of World Environment Day, alongside our 24 Licensed Bodies, the Society for the Environment organised an expert led conference to take place on the day (5th June 2017). Titled ‘Innovation, Partnership and the Value of Nature’, this event was not only open to registered environmental professionals, but also welcomed interested parties, volunteers and aspiring environmental professionals to attend and contribute to discussions.

A series of specialist speakers provided insight into their respective fields, highlighting how their work is contributing to the underlying principles of World Environment Day. Speaker subjects covered green cities, innovation and evidence based conservation in a 'post truth era', to name just a selection. 

In addition to a great line up of speakers, we are delighted that Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC), Savita Custead, officially launched the 2017 ‘Festival of Nature’ during the conference. To find out more, please visit or click here to read our press release about the launch. 


Join the Conversation

Alongside the World Environment Day conference, we also called for each of our 24 Licensed Bodies to get involved and show how their environmental professionals are contributing to the promotion of sustainability and what they are doing to protect the environment. We therefore asked environmental professionals – Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians – to showcase just that through blogs, articles, events and Tweets.

We wanted everyone to share their stories and provide a platform for discussion for environmental professionals across the sectors that our registrants cover. Therefore, when posting on Twitter, the hashtags #WorldEnvironmentDay and #EnvProfsWED were used..


Published Articles

Institute of Chartered Foresters - What does ‘Connected to Nature’ mean to a Forester?

Institute of Water - Should World Environment Day Become an Ofwat Outcome? (page 64)

CIWM - Make A Difference: Where do CIWM and its members fit in to the wider "environmental" picture and, more specifically, this year's theme – connecting people to nature?

CIWM - World Environment Day Sees World’s Largest Clean-Up

» Discover more from the CIWM Journal website. 



To view the World Environment Day Blog, please click here.

This blog includes insight from the expert speakers who will be talking at the World Environment Day Conference, short videos from Chartered Environmentalists, as well as from aspiring Chartered Environmentalists who showcase how their work is contributing to creating greener businesses. 



Institute of Water South East Area World Environment Day - Lets Disconnect from nature!

A series of lively presentations, followed by an energetic debate, between the environmental philistine’s vs a panel of secret environmental advocates.

20th July 2017 @ 4.30pm

Find out more.


Twitter Posts

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