World Environment Day has helped raise awareness of environmental concerns such as: depletion of the ozone layer, toxic chemicals, desertification and global warming. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
North Carolina has previously celebrated the event by cleaning some public areas as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. North Carolina is also a coastal state with a wealth of natural resources. Keeping plastics out of the ocean is also a big challenge in the state.