World Environment Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 5, 2013

On World Environment Day, the United States proudly joins the community of nations in recognizing that the protection and sustainable use of our planet’s natural resources is fundamental to creating a safe, secure world for future generations. Perhaps most urgently, we are reminded that no one nation can do it alone. We welcome this year’s World Environment Day theme – Think.Eat.Save – with its focus on how our daily food choices and food waste impact the environment. Global cooperation remains crucial to preserving our forests and oceans, building sustainable communities, maintaining biodiversity, encouraging efficient food production and addressing climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to its impacts. Together, we have made enormous strides in fostering sustainable development and increasing environmental resiliency, and we endeavor to build on these achievements in the years to come. The need only grows more urgent each day. The protection of our planet is a shared responsibility, and it is up to all of us to pursue sustainable policies and practices every day.

PRN: 2013/0695