Teaching Children About World Environment Day 2024: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

Teaching Children About World Environment Day 2024: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

June 06, 2024

Teaching Children About World Environment Day 2024: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers


World Environment Day is the United Nations’ main event to inspire worldwide awareness and action for our environment. Celebrated every year since 1973, this day has become essential in promoting progress on environmental goals. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), over 150 countries participate annually, with support from major corporations, non-governmental organizations, communities, governments, and celebrities who champion environmental causes.


Yesterday on June 5th, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted World Environment Day, focusing on land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience. This theme is vital as it addresses some of the most pressing environmental issues we face today. Here’s how you can explain and celebrate this important day with children:

1. Interactive Storytelling and Activities: 

  • Share a story about a land affected by desertification and how a group of children worked together to restore it. Include relatable characters and show the positive impact of their efforts.

2. Activities:

  • Engage children in drawing or making models of the restored land, helping them visualize and understand the restoration process.

3. Hands-On Planting Projects: 

  • Tree Planting. Organize a tree-planting event. Teach children how trees prevent soil erosion and retain moisture. 
  • Gardening. Start a small garden with drought-resistant plants, explaining their importance in the ecosystem.

4. Educational Workshops and Experiments:

  • Soil Erosion Experiment. Demonstrate soil erosion using simple experiments with jars, water, and different types of soil. Show how plants help prevent erosion.
  • Water Conservation Workshop. Teach water-saving techniques and the importance of conserving water to combat drought.

4. Field Trips and Nature Walks:

  • Visits to Local Farms and Restoration Projects. Arrange visits to local farms or land restoration projects for real-life examples of land restoration efforts.
  • Nature Walks: Take children on walks to observe healthy and degraded lands, discussing the differences and the importance of conservation.

5. Creative Arts and Crafts:

  • Recycled Art Projects. Encourage children to create art using recycled materials, highlighting the importance of reusing resources to protect land.
  • Storyboards and Posters. Have children make storyboards or posters illustrating the steps to restore land and the benefits of a healthy ecosystem.

World Environment Day, celebrated every June 5th, was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. Over the past fifty years, it has grown to become one of the largest global platforms for environmental outreach, with tens of millions participating in online and in-person activities worldwide.


According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, up to 40% of the planet’s land is degraded, affecting half of the world’s population and threatening roughly half of global GDP (US$44 trillion). Since 2000, the number and duration of droughts have increased by 29%. Without urgent action, droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world's population by 2050.


Land restoration is a key focus of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global effort to protect and revive ecosystems, which is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


By engaging children in these activities, we can help them understand the importance of land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience, inspiring them to contribute to environmental solutions in their own unique ways.




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