BRIDGETOWN, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The World Environment Day 2014 is being hosted by Barbados, a small Caribbean island nation among others facing the threat of world climate change, the UN's Environment Program (UNEP) said Tuesday.
In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, this year's Environment Day adopts the theme of "Raise your voice, not the sea level," said the UN agency.
As the host of World Environment Day this year, Barbados faces many challenges like climate-induced sea level rise and vulnerability to natural disasters. The country is overcoming these challenges through its work in transition to a green economy.
Barbados kicked off the week-long celebration on Sunday and the climax will take place on Thursday when Barbadians are encouraged to wear green on the day, according to the UNEP.
In celebrating World Environment Day, the country's goal is to maintain the place of Barbados firmly in the mainstream of the discourse and action on the future of Small Island Developing States, according to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
Over the years, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries.
It also serves as people's day for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.