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For World Environment Day on June 5, we delved into the United Nations photo archives to find 15 breathtaking reasons to protect our planet. Every year, the UN marks this day to encourage awareness and action for the environment.

Now is the time to take bold action on climate change and to consume our resources with care, so the beauty captured in these photos can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.

This planet is home to the dreams of 7 billion people — and it’s the only home we have. The good news is that each of us can make a difference and help our planet thrive. Join the UN Environment Programme and share your dream for a healthy planet by visiting and using hashtags #7BillionDreams and #WED2015 on social media.

7 Billion Dreams, 1 Planet by UN Foundation on Exposure