UN World Environment Day June 5

5 June 2009

Your planet needs you! Unite to combat climate change.

World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This year’s theme (above) reflects everyone’s individual responsibility to protect the planet, as well as the urgency for nations to agree on a new climate change deal in Copenhagen in December.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “On this World Environment Day, I encourage all people to take concrete steps toward making the planet greener and cleaner. Switch off the lights. Take public transportation. Recycle. Plant a tree. Clean up your local park. Hold corporations responsible for their environmental practices. And urge your government representatives to seal the deal in Copenhagen.”

There will be thousands of events around the world today, on every continent.
Mexico, the host country, will organise a series of events including a conference on the Green Economy.

The global premiere of the film HOME, by world-renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, will take place in more than 100 locations around the world. The film will also be available for freedownload on YouTube. Using stunning aerial footage the film is shot in more than 50 countries and makes an urgent appeal for our planet in peril, arguing that we have barely 10 years left to reverse its destruction.

Events in New York include a showing at the UN headquarters of the film Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy & Stop Global Warming followed by discussion with the co-author, Miriam Horn. This is offered by the Values Caucus at the UN, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, organised by the Findhorn Foundation NGO Representative at the UN, Frances Edwards.

For more information:

WED 2009 www.unep.org/wed/2009

The Seal the Deal campaign: www.sealthedeal2009.org

Home www.youtube.com/homeproject

Submitted by Frances Edwards

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