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5th June 2009
Theme for Year 2009
Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat
Climate Change
Mexico is going to Host World Environment Day under this Theme
World Environment Day 2009
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June in more
than 100 countries. World Environment Day (WED) was established
by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.WED is hosted
every year by a different city and commemorated with an
international exposition through the week of June 5. The United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also created in 1972, uses
WED to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance
political attention and public action.
World Environment Day 2009
The theme for 2009 is climate change and
the broader consequences of environmental
change, and what societies can do in
response. Combating climate change and
preserving ecosystems services that
underpin our economies is an issue for
everyone. Every individual’s efforts, no
matter how small, can contribute to the
sustainable development of our economies
and communities around the world.
How we can Celebrate the Day……………….
World Environment Day is a people’s event with colorful activities such
as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster
competitions in schools, tree planting as well as recycling and clean-up
World Environment Day is also a multi-media event, which inspires
thousands of journalists to write and report enthusiastically and critically
on the environment. It is a visual event for those who organize and
participate in seminars, roundtable meetings and symposia.
On this day, individuals, non-governmental organizations, community and
youth groups, business, industry and the media organize activities to
renew their commitments to protect and develop the environment. They
organize activities such as clean-up campaigns, tree planting, colorful
street rallies, green concerts, essay and photo competitions in schools, and
recycling efforts.
What is climate change……………….
Climate change is any long-term change in the patterns of average
weather of a specific region or the Earth as a whole. Climate change
reflects abnormal variations to the Earth's climate and subsequent
effects on other parts of the Earth
Easy things to combat climate change………
Tip -1
Travel light. Walk or bike instead of
driving a car. Cars and trucks run on fossil
fuels, which release carbon dioxide into
the atmosphere. In the United States,
automobiles produce over 20 percent of
total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and
you?ll save one pound of carbon for every
mile you travel.
Easy things to combat climate change………
Teleconference instead of flying. For office
meetings, if you can telephone or
videoconference, you will save time, money,
and carbon emissions. Airplanes pump
carbon emissions high into the atmosphere,
producing 12 percent of transportation sector
Easy things to combat climate change………
See the light. Use compact fluorescent light
bulbs. These energy-efficient bulbs help fight
climate change because they reduce the
amount of fossil fuels that utilities burn. You
will save 100 pounds of carbon for each
incandescent bulb that you replace with a
compact fluorescent, over the life of the bulb. .
Easy things to combat climate change………
Recycle and use recycled products. Products
made from recycled paper, glass, metal and
plastic reduce carbon emissions because they
use less energy to manufacture than products
made from completely new materials. For
instance, you'll save two pounds of carbon for
every 20 glass bottles that you recycle.
Recycling paper also saves trees and lets them
continue to reduce climate change naturally as
they remain in the forest, where they remove
carbon from the atmosphere.
Easy things to combat climate change………
Tip -5
Plant native trees. Trees absorb carbon
dioxide from the air and use it as their energy
source, producing oxygen for us to breathe. A
tree in the temperate zone ? found between the
tropics and the polar circles? can remove and
store 700 to 7,000 pounds of carbon over its
lifetime. A tree that shades a house can reduce
the energy required to run the air conditioner
and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of
carbon over its lifetime.
Easy things to combat climate change………
Turn down the heat. Heating and air
conditioning draw more than half of the
energy that a home uses in the United
States. Turn down the heat or air
conditioning when you leave the house
or go to bed. You can easily install a
programmable thermostat that can save
up money and carbon.
Easy things to combat climate change………
Buy renewable energy. Electricity
generation produces 40 percent of carbon
emissions from the United States. A
growing number of utilities generate
electricity from renewable energy
sources with solar panels, windmills and
other technologies. If your utility offers
renewable energy, buy it. If not, send
them a message asking for clean energy.