~~June 5, 2014~~
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme.
“Stockholm was without a doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism”, writes John McCormick in the book Reclaiming Paradise. “It was the first occasion on which the political, social and economic problems of the global environment were discussed at an intergovernmental forum with a view to actually taking corrective action.”
Media and celebrities have encouraged World Environment Day Celebrations by endorsing and taking part in it. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) goodwill ambassadors including supermodel Gisele Bündchen are sending an SOS to the world to take action for World Environment Day 2014 by joining one of their teams to combat climate change. Their call to action, Message in the Bottle, asks individuals around the world to join one of the celebrities’ teams and make a difference by pledging to take action in support of World Environment Day, which culminates globally on 5 June 2014.
Community Radio Stations (CRS) in all over Nepal Republic launches the Campaign. All the National Tv & Radio Breakings are replaced by Environment Slogans and Informations. Nepal Government launches various programs in collaboration with UNESCO. It also sends the Gurkha Army out of barracks on the road to clean the environment and for afforestation programmes where all the media personalities also gathers giving the live coverage.
Zee News launched ‘My Earth, My Duty’ campaign. This campaign has entered the Limca Book of Records for a novel effort: for planting more than 73 lakh (7,300,000) trees in one single day across 34 cities and 2.5 lakh (250,000) villages on 25 August 2010. NDTV launched “Greenathon” Campaign.
This campaign was launched in the year 2008 and served as India’s first ever-nationwide campaign to save the environment.
~WED 2014 theme~
The theme of World Environment Day 2014 is: Small Islands and Climate Change.
The official slogan for this year’s theme states: “Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level.”
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“Small Island Developing States face numerous challenges. For a significant number, their remoteness affects their ability to be part of the global supply chain, increases import costs especially for energy and limits their competitiveness in the tourist industry. Many are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change from devastating storms to the threat of sea level rise,” UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.
The contribution of the world’s small island nations, which collectively house over 63 million people, towards global emission of greenhouse gases is less than 1%.
According to the UN, these nations share a common understanding to achieve a sustainable future for all.
“I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future,” Ki-moon said.
Complying with the theme, Barbados, a small Caribbean island nation, is the host country of the 2014 World Environment Day.
By hosting the annual event, the country aims “to be heard loudly and clearly, maintaining the place of Barbados firmly in the mainstream of the discourse and action on the future of Small Island Developing States,” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said.
India will host the World Environment Day 2015 under the theme, “One World, One Environment“.
~~World Environment Day 2014~~
~~Published on Jun 4, 2014~~
As people around the globe today commemorate World Environment Day, which focuses this year on the plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and their particular vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is renewing its call for a fresh approach to environmental protection, one which recognizes the intricate and deep connection between protecting the environment and human development.
In its latest report released in April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated the cost of “ambitious” climate change mitigation would reduce economic growth by 0.06 percent annually. However, the underlying estimates do not take into account the economic benefits of reduced climate change.
Against this backdrop, UNDP is working to move away from a climate change discourse focused on trade-offs between economic growth, poverty and environment, to one that looks at how to advance these three strands of sustainable development together.
~~Colors of Nature – World Environment Day~~
~Published on Aug 8, 2012~~
Colors of Nature … Happy World Environment Day 2014, 5th June).
(An amateur attempt to show the habitat destruction caused by the sky-scrappers/ growing human population, shown are some of the last pieces of nature left near my neighborhood … message in short is stop painting of the nature with concrete)
~Nature is the provider of everything … Please don’t destroy it~
We ALL are connected through NATURE!!
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts” –
We ALL are ONE!!