Green Cities: Plan for the Planet!

The World Environment Day theme for 2005 was Green Cities: Plan for the Planet! The main international World Environment Day 2005 celebrations were held in San Francisco, United States, with the support of the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Dozens of events over the first five days of June were organized by the City to commemorate the day. Each day focused on a specific theme: Urban Power, Cities on the Move, Redesigning Metropolis, Pure Elements, and Flower Power.

Participants included former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Vice-President of the United States of America, Al Gore, former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and UNEP former Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer.

In addition, more than 350 activities were organized by various sectors in the City and Bay area. During the opening ceremony, which took place at City Hall, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a plan to combat global warming by setting goals for reducing California’s emissions of greenhouse gases.

In 2005, interest in World Environment Day continued to grow as evidenced by the number of countries who lent their support to this important United Nations Day, and by the hundreds of thousands who accessed the World Environment Day website.