On the environmental front, there is a confusing and contradictory mix of bad news along with progress to celebrate.
Oil and gas canals and pipelines have destroyed much of the Louisiana coastal lands.
A swarm of earthquakes that have shaken homes and rattled nerves. Nearby, fracking operations are ongoing, continuously disturbing both the environment and people's peace of mind.
While capitalism is a major cause of the environmental problems we face, humanity needs environmental change to start happening now - we can't wait for socialism.
The park, which is home to a great variety of wildlife, 100 miles of hiking and horse trails, and skies where visitors can sometimes witness the Northern Lightsmay soon be marred by oil rigs.
The environment is no longer a niche topic backed by a passionate minority, Achim Steiner said, but is clearly linked to economic and societal issues.
President Obama used his executive authority on June 17 to create the world's largest marine sanctuary, banning commercial fishing, mining, and oil exploration in a major portion of the Pacific Ocean.
In a bold and positive move, Obama emphasized the urgency of the matter, and called on students to push the issue beyond the current partisan divide in Washington, D.C.
This is the first time the state has stepped into the issue over the species, which is losing protection and being killed in several states.
World Environment Day, launched by the conference, has been celebrated on June 5 each year since 1973.