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News from New York: World Environment Day, June 5, 2008


Archive» Photos credits: UNEP World Environment Day posters; pemsea.org (holding hands).
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विश्व वाताबरण दिवसमा कार्बोन एकोनोमीको कुरा
World Environment Day 2008 & CO2

New York
,  June 5, 2008- Countries and people around the world are celebrating World Environment Day today with the slogan "Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy".

This day is commemorated each year on 5 June.

This important day of environmental celebration and action was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same day, led to the creation of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Ever since its inception UNEP is advocating environmental issues by creating worldwide awareness of the environment and it has been able to garner broad based political attention and action.

As UNEP says "Recognizing that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era, UNEP is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption."

The main international celebrations of World Environment Day 2008 will be held in New Zealand.

-Pratha Magar, NJ. Comments? 551-358-7726

THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ALPHABET
80 Ways to Celebrate
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

United Nations Environment Programme

Read the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon MESSAGE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2008

A

Adopt a ‘green’ way of life
Art made of recycled materials
Auctions to benefit an environmental project
Award presentations for environmental competitions
Awareness campaigns

B

Bicycle parades/races
Broadcast of public service announcements (TV and Radio)
Buy a fuel-efficient car

C

Calculate your carbon footprint
Carpools
Celebrity support
Clean-up campaigns
Competitions (banner, drawing, essay, painting, poster, poetry)
Conferences on the environment

D

Debates on environment issues
Dedicate your blog to World Environment Day on 5 June
Distribute leaflets, brochures and posters
Donate to an environmental cause

E

Environmental education programmes in schools
Excursions to nature sites
Exhibitions (drawings, posters, photos, paintings)

F

Fairs
Festivals
Film festivals on the environment

G

Give a gift membership of an environmental organization
Guidelines to community-based environmental activities

H

Hoist banners at major road intersections
Help local environmental groups organize WED events

I

Inform all your friends about WED
Involve various partners (NGOs, ministries, youth groups, celebrities, private sector)
Issue First Day Covers (stamps)

J

Join an environmental group
Join UNEP’s carbon neutral network
Join the Billion Tree Campaign

K

Keep your neighbourhood clean
Kick-start an environmental campaign
Kick the CO2 habit!
Know your rights

L

Launch of government environment policies, books, reports
Lobby local authorities to adopt sound environmental policies

M

March for the environment
Media coverage and activities

N

Never litter

O

Offset your emissions
Organic farming/cooking
Organize a WED themed event in your neighbourhood

P

Parades
Performances (plays, songs, poetry)
Plant a tree
Plastic bags: avoid them!
Promotional material (t-shirts, stickers, bookmarks)
Puppet shows for children with an environmental message

Q

Quizzes related to the theme for schools, youth groups, company staff, etc…

R

Rainwater harvesting
Rallies
Ratify international environmental conventions
Reduce, re-use, recycle
Rehabilitate natural habitats
Replace your light-bulbs with energy saving ones

S

Save paper
Seminars
Sort rubbish
Speeches
Sponsorship from private sector
Sports activities
Switch off stand-by TV and computer

T

Take action
T-shirts for WED

U

Use sustainable modes of transportation (walking, jogging, cycling, skating, carpool)

V

Vehicle emission monitoring
Vermicomposting
Visits to botanical gardens and national parks
Volunteer for organizations such as Clean Up the World

W

Waste less!
Workshops
Write plays, poems, songs
Write letters to civic leaders, members of parliament, government and newspapers

X

Xchange ideas
Xpect environmental responsibility

Y

Youth-led activities

Z

Zero emissions

Read the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon MESSAGE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2008

This article originally appeared at:
http://www.unep.org/wed/2008/english/Information_Material/alphabet.asp

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