World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 each year and is the United Nations’ principal means for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach with participation by more than 100 countries. It also serves as the “people’s day” for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates a positive impact on the planet.
Since 1987, a different country has hosted World Environment Day. This year, Canada is the host of World Environment Day, and the theme is “Connecting People to Nature.”
“In the spirit of this year’s theme, ‘Connecting People to Nature,’ I encourage all Canadians to explore our country’s beautiful natural areas, including our national parks, national wildlife areas, and migratory bird sanctuaries,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna earlier this year.
The six-stamp World Environment Day set includes two stamps for each United Nations post office, including the post at UN headquarters in New York City (49 cents and $1.15); the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (one franc and two francs); and the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria (€0.68 and €1.70). Each of the six stamps features photographs of Canadian landscapes, and two of the stamps depict animals.
Stamp size: 50 mm by 35 mm
Stamps per sheet: 20 stamps
Process: Offset lithography
– 49 cents USD: 5,500 sheets (110,000 stamps)
– $1.15 USD: 5,500 sheets (110,000 stamps)
– CHF 1.00: 5,500 sheets (80,000 stamps)
– CHF 2.00: 5,500 sheets (80,000 stamps)
– € 0.68: 5,500 sheets (90,000 stamps)
– € 1.70: 5,500 sheets (90,000 stamps)
The stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat using AGE Fotostock photographs by Bill Gozansky, Michael Nolan, Malcolm Schuyl, Don Johnston, Barret & MacKay, and Roy Langstaff.
For more information, visit unstamps.org/product/world-environment-day-2017.