World Environment Day

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.47.20 PMWorld Environment Day June 5th (Week #20)

The WHY:

In two weeks, on June 5th, we celebrate World Environment Day. The 2015 theme for World Environment Day is Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care. 

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, 43 years after the Stockholm Conference and 23 years after Rio, the 2015 global WED celebrations will be organized at the world famous Universal Exhibition, in Milan, Italy. This event attracts over 20 million visitors. Expo Milano 2015 will run from May 1 to October 31 and is expected to include over 140 countries plus a significant number of international organizations.

Announcing World Environment Day 2015, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “While industrialized countries account for the bulk of the world’s resource consumption, unsustainable consumption patterns are becoming more prevalent worldwide, with 3 billion middle class consumers expected to be added to the global population by 2030 – many of them from emerging economies.”

“Food production is one of the most obvious examples of unsustainable consumption patterns, with 1.3 billion tonnes of food being wasted every year, while almost 1 billion people go undernourished,” he added. “This is an issue that UNEP is helping to address with partners like the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through our joint campaign against food waste, Think.Eat.Save. We are glad the Expo’s theme also focuses on sustainable food systems.”

“World Environment Day provides us with an important opportunity to identify solutions for re-engineering our consumer culture to create a sustainable society in which everyone has enough to live well while staying within the planet’s regenerative capacity. It is time to look seriously at what our appetite-for-more is costing the planet, our health, our future, and the future of our children,” he said.

The WHAT:

Think Global, Act Local. Get involved and take a step, try any or all of these steps A-Z. Or join others in Milan, Italy, the host country, program here.

The HOW:

Join others at your school, university, community or workplace, or start your own group and register your activity here.

The Deep Dive:

United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa
read more: http://nr.iisd.org/events/united-nations-environment-programme-stakeholder-forum-ottawa/

Where will you be on June 5th? Invest ahead for people and planet.

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