World Environment Day 2023


The first World Environment Day was held in 1973. Since then, it has grown to be a significant event, celebrated worldwide and hosting thousands of activities around environmental topics.

This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, we welcome the theme #BeatPlasticPollution.

According to the United Nations (UN), more than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced yearly, worldwide. Less than 10% of all plastic produced is recycled, and half of it (200 million tonnes) is in fact single-use plastic.

It is estimated that 19-23 million tonnes of plastic end up in lakes, rivers, and seas, annually.

Apart from the direct impact on natural ecosystems and wildlife, plastic also has a negative influence on human health.

Microplastics – small plastic particles up to 5mm in diameter – find their way into food, water, and air. People can ingest more than 50 thousand plastic particles in one year!


Taking part

Everyone is called to participate, learn about this issue, and change one’s behavior when applicable and possible.

Our project specialist, Kika Gusmão, tells us about a recent event she attended to do litter picking and control invasive species.

Kika tells us this was the largest volunteer-led event happening in this urban forest called Monsanto, in Lisbon. Around 500 volunteers gathered to help take care of the public forest, having picked 3,700 Kg (8,157.10 Lbs) of non-organic litter. This successful event was the result of a partnership between a Portuguese social responsibility organization, EPIS, an environmental group, Quercus, and Lisbon’s Municipality.

“It was a morning’s work centered around teamwork and public service. We benefit a lot from this forest; people call it “Lisbon’s lung” as it plays an important role in purifying the air and lowering the average temperature within the city. By cleaning and maintaining the forest, we are giving back to it and allowing those of tomorrow to benefit from it, too”, says Kika.


Please share this. Thank you!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More News

Welcome to the team, Georges!

Welcome to your new role. We are delighted to have you on board Georges!

Food security and tree planting in Idjwi, DRC

Climate change affects millions of people every day. Some choose to leave their countries, while others decide to stay and make the most out of the difficult conditions of their environment. This is the case with FFF Idjwi and Ushindi.

Celebrate Earth Day with us!

On this Earth Day, three GTI team members came together to write this article in honour of the amazing planet we get to call home.

Congratulations, Beth! And thank you for joining us!

Beth is our South Island Global Tree Initiative (GTI) New Zealand coordinator and has been helping us around the Coromandel area. She has kindly taken the role of fundraising specialist for GTI.

International Day of Forests – Recording now available!

We counted on the insightful participation of 3 different speakers and all those who presented questions and contributed to the discussion. The recording is now available!

A warm welcome to Bengu, our new project coordinator!

Welcome to your new role, Bengu! We are very happy and thankful to have you here, and we are looking forward to a lot of exciting developments with you!

JOIN US this International Day of Forests!

We are coming together next March 21! Register below! In an online event, we will hear from three speakers who have been, in their own ways, dedicating their energy and time to reforesting different parts of our planet.

Global Tree Initiative’s community helps protect the rainforest in Australia

Here is a final update on the fundraiser conducted by Global Tree Initiative (GTI) Australia’s community.
Mark shares, “Our small donation will save about 60 mature and semi-plants as a forest habitat.”

Welcome to our new partner, Devrai

We are excited and honored to announce our new Global Tree Initiative (GTI) partner; Devrai from India!

An interfaith community based on harmony and mutual respect

“All religions offer help to humanity. Especially when facing difficult situations, all religions offer hope. Therefore, we must respect all religions.”

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our newsletter. Stay tuned to all our news. There is more to come.

You have Successfully Subscribed!