A stuffed toy is seen lying in the waters of the Yamuna river ahead of World Environment Day, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, on 4 June 2020
A stuffed toy is seen lying in the waters of the Yamuna river ahead of World Environment Day, in the old quarters of Delhi, India, on 4 June 2020Reuters

The World Environment Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere around the world today (Friday) with a call to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

The theme of this year’s day is: 'Time for Nature,' with a focus on its role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

Different organisations have been observing the day with elaborate programmes in new manner this year due to coronavirus pandemic.

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The World Environment Day is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

First celebrated in 1973, it has now become a widely recognised day celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe.

The day is celebrated every year on 5 June throughout the world with different themes to create awareness about the importance of protecting planet Earth and Mother Nature.