World Environment Day

May 25, 2023

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on the 5th June and is run and organised by the United Nations to raise awareness of our planet and the environment.

Every year, World Environment Day is hosted by a different country and the hosts for 2023 are Côte d'Ivoire in partnership with the Netherlands. The slogan for this year is #BeatPlasticPollution.

The #BeatPlasticPollution campaign aims for us all to find solutions on plastic pollutions, decreasing the use of single-use plastic and increasing the amount of plastic that is recycled or reused. It is calling for companies and governments to put actions in place to solve the crisis.

Purple Mash activities

To focus on these topics, we have several resources you can use in the World Environment Day area of Purple Mash.


If you want to focus on the theme #BeatPlasticPollution, then take a look at our littering and pollution resources. Use our template to write a report about litter and why it is so bad for the environment, or alternatively create a poster about why littering is bad. You can also let us know why recycling is so important with our writing templates.

Climate Change

If you want to discuss this topic in class, there’s a Climate Change Slideshow that you can use which covers all sorts of topics from the Carbon Cycle and the Greenhouse Effect to energy saving tips. After going through the slides and stimulating discussion with children, you can put their knowledge to the test with one of the 2 Climate Change Quizzes. If they're feeling creative, allow your students to write a poem all about climate change.

Renewable Energy

Within the World Environment Day area you’ll also see a Renewable Energy leaflet, which children can complete with the different types of energy and the benefits of renewable sources. After that, there’s a big focus on water, including a Water Words exercise and a Water Use leaflet – to describe all the activities you’d miss if you had to go and collect all your water. Imagine that!

Water is vital for our survival and therefore, why not write about why water pollution is so bad using our writing template. Try and persuade others about the importance of fresh and clean water. Or you could write all about how rivers flow and why, describing the features from the source all the way to the sea. You can even tell us what water is used for and look at the features of a river.

Animals and their environment

Why not write about how different animals have adapted to the environments in which they live? Some animals have adapted to the tundra, whereas others have adapted to live in the sea, the mountains and even the desert. What features make them able to survive in different climates?

Books for World Environmental Day on Serial Mash

If you've got Serial Mash as part of your Purple Mash subscription (it's only £200 to add it on!), then you'll have access to some great books which are perfect for World Environment Day!

If you'd like to give Serial Mash a try, you can get a free trial here.

Share your work with us

Whatever you are doing to celebrate World Environment Day, we would love to see and share your work. Tweet us @2SimpleSoftware or @PurpleMash, or go to 2SimpleUK on Facebook.

Useful links

World Environment Day

Earth School from TEDEd: watch and collate video-based lessons, create your own lesson and learn through interactive experiences.