World Environment Day is June 5th of this year. The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy. This is where some people shut off their minds because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to understand.
On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable all around you and it is easy to imagine how you fit in it.
It all started back at the UN conference in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden. Attended by 113 countries that agreed upon a Declaration containing 26 principles concerning the environment and development; an Action Plan with 109 recommendations, and a Resolution. It is said this arguably paved the way for further understanding of global warming, which has led to the Rio Declaration in 1992 and such agreements as the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
This year, 40 years after the Stockholm Conference and 20 years after Rio, the UN will hold a Conference on Sustainable Development.
The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
What does that mean to us?
- Giving a human face to environmental issues.
- Empowering ourselves and others to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.
- Promotion of the understanding that communities are pivotal towards changing attitudes towards environmental issues.
- Advocating diversity and inclusion which will ensure all earth’s inhabitants a safe, more prosperous and sustainable world.
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