The World Environment Education Day (WEED) is celebrated on 14 October. The annual event was launched in 2017 during the World Environment Education Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The day marks of the first day of the United Nations intergovernmental conference on environmental education, which was held in Tbilisi from October 14th to 26th, 1977. The World Environment Education Day (WEED) is celebrated on 14 October.
Environmental education was further highlighted during the Rio 1992 on Agenda 21, chapter 36 four modalities which include; improving quality of education, orientation of education towards sustainable development, public understanding and awareness and capacity building.
In 2002, United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2005-2014 as decade of education for sustainable development to be observed by all member states. This is aimed at enhancing the role of education and learning for equitable efficient and sustainable utilization of resources, promote quality education through diverse learning and public awareness and promote teaching and learning that inculcates values , behavior and lifestyle for good governance and sustainability.
Environmental education is a dynamic and participatory process that seeks to awaken in people an awareness that allows the identification of environmental problems. It also seeks to identify the relationships and independence of interactions that occur between the environment and the man and is also concerned to promote a harmonious relationship between the natural and human activities through sustainable development.
In developing countries majority of environmental problems are caused by low environmental awareness of population. Glaring problems which the world faces today such as environmental pollution, where man has exploited nature excessively at the cost of the environment can be solved through education and public participation. It is important to inform young children on relevant issues that affect the environment so that they develop proper behavior towards the environment.
On world environmental education day different schools, parks, environmental education centres, public institutions, museums aim to organize special events that incorporate the objectives of environmental education in highlighting the importance of developing educational action to build transversal skill .
NEMA will hold a special event about environment conservation at Kongoni primary school, in Nairobi.
On this auspicious occasion, NEMA invites schools, parks, environmental education centres, public institutions, museums aim to organize special events to mark the day.The Authority will launch the school greening program in partnership with the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) in Maphanga and Magodzoni Primary Schools in Kinango Sub-County, Kwale County.