World Environment Day is a global celebration and opportunity to raise awareness about protecting the environment. Organized by the United Nation’s Environment Programme, World Environment Day is held annually on June 5th, and each year features a different theme and host country. The 2016 World Environment Day is hosted by Angola and the theme focuses on illegal wildlife trade.
Across the world, people will be taking part in various actions to help protect and conserve the environment. Check the calendar of events to find one nearby, or organize one yourself! You can even vote online to name a Giant Sable, a critically endangered type of antelope, that rangers will be tracking as part of conservation efforts.
After a day spent working to protect our world and raise awareness about the dangers facing the environment, be sure to take time to appreciate the beauty of our planet. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most beautiful natural places in the United States for you to enjoy this summer.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Alaska
Glacier National Park, Montana
Badlands, South Dakota
Niagara Falls, New York
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Whitaker Point, Arkansas
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Sequoia National Park, California
Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Maroon Bells, Colorado
Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana
Sandia Mountains, New Mexico
Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawai’i