Commemorated every year on 5 June, since 1972, WED is a principal vehicle through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment. WED 2011, in support of the UN International Year of Forests (IYF), is aimed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive action for the environment. We count on you to make this happen! This year’s theme –
Forests: Nature at Your Service – underscores the variety of life-sustaining services that forests provide and calls us all to take action to protect these resources and move towards a green economy. The global host country for 2011 is India, a country in which forests constitute more than 20 percent of geographical land mass. Read about the measures the country is taking to combat land-degradation and conserve critical forest ecosystems on www.unep.org/wed/hostcountry. Every activity matters – organize a neighborhood clean-up; announce an environmental initiative for your city, state or country; adopt targets for environmental improvements in your company; use cloth bags and motivate your school mates and teachers to do the same; plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree-planting effort for your family; walk to work, start a recycling drive among your friends . . . the possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re new to WED or a loyal supporter, we welcome you to what is possibly the biggest WED celebration in history.
Listen to one of our WED Voices – Sir David Attenborough – bring the WED 2011 message to life in a short animated film that highlights the role forests can play in national development, a green economy and climate change. You will find the film on our homepage:
The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of more than 58 countries. The CCPI is an instrument supposed to enhance transparency in international climate politics. It is published annually by Germanwatch, the Climate Action Network and the N...
Well done on this survey, dismaying and all as it is to know that 34% who flush items down the toilet know they end up in the sea! Would be great if those people joined in a few beach clean-ups they might change their behaviour after seeing the wreckage of plastic all along our coast.
Our political leaders are failing us on climate change.
Ireland’s carbon emissions are among the highest per capita in the EU. We’re taking the Government to court to demand more climate action and we need your support to show the Government that this case is for all of us.