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World Environment Day 2012

World Environment Day 2012

June 5, 2012

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2012

ABOUT World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round but climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere.

WED celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Through WED, the UN Environment Programme is able to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

WED is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.

Everyone counts in this initiative and World Environment Day relies on you to make this happen! We call for action – organize a neighborhood clean-up, stop using plastic bags and get your community to do the same, plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree planting effort, walk to work, start a recycling drive . . . the possibilities are endless.

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U.S. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

  • (To be updated) Secretary Clinton’s Remarks - World Environment Day
    (To be updated) Secretary Clinton’s Remarks - World Environment Day

    The United States is proud to join with the international community to mark June 5 as World Environment Day, as we have since 1973. And I note with pleasure the selection of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as North American Host City, reaffirming its leadership in regional innovation and in the transformation to a greener economy. [Source: U.S. Department of State] »

  • A Timeline of Environmental Treaties
    A Timeline of Environmental Treaties

    This list of key environmental treaties shows how nations are working together, politically and scientifically, to safeguard our planet and respond to a global threat. The United States, whose pollution control laws serve as models for other nations, remains a leader in identifying, mitigating and remediating environmental hazards. [Source: America.gov Archive] »

  • U.S. Helping Vulnerable Nations Fight Climate Change
    U.S. Helping Vulnerable Nations Fight Climate Change

    U.S. interests in the world are best served by helping vulnerable countries prepare for adverse effects that climate change may bring, according to U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. The diplomat, who has a long history in international negotiations on this issue, appeared before a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs subcommittee May 25 to outline the administration’s current policy, with a major meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approaching at the end of this year. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Thirsty World Needs Trees
    Thirsty World Needs Trees

    If you’ve ever taken shelter beneath a tree during a rainstorm, you may have noticed water trickling down the trunk of the tree. It’s one of several water conservation jobs Mother Nature assigned to trees. To understand the importance of trees to water, consider this: 100 mature tree crowns can capture 380,000 liters of rain in a year. By regulating water for the world’s great rivers, trees secure water quality and supply water for close to half of the world’s largest metropolises — including New York City. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Trees Sustain Wildlife
    Trees Sustain Wildlife

    Scientists are debating how fast species are going extinct, but they all agree that the ongoing loss of habitats, and of forests in particular, threatens biodiversity. This, they say, will ultimately affect everyone living on Earth. Ninety percent of animals and plants living on land make their home in or around trees. Such places can be filled with life that often goes undetected to the human eye. Scientists in Peru, amazingly, found no fewer than 43 ant species living in a single tree. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Global Climate Change
    Global Climate Change

    The United States is taking a leading role in addressing climate change by advancing an ever-expanding suite of measures. We have initiated a number of polices and partnerships that span a wide range of initiatives from reducing our emissions at home to developing transformational low-carbon technologies to improving observations systems that will help us better understand and address the possible impacts of climate change. Our efforts emphasize the importance of results-driven action both internationally and domestically. [Source: U.S. Department of State] »

  • Learn the Issues: Climate Change
    Learn the Issues: Climate Change

    Climate change is a problem that is affecting people and the environment. Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer). Greater energy efficiency and new technologies hold promise for reducing greenhouse gases and solving this global challenge. [Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] »

  • National Idle-Reduction Campaign
    National Idle-Reduction Campaign

    Here are 25 million reasons why it's important to reduce idling. Take the pledge...the key to reducing idling is you! Clean School Bus USA's newly launched National Idle-Reduction Campaign is a public information campaign that recognizes the important role of the school bus driver as a professional, who is responsible for the safety and security of children.  [Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] »

  • Global Climate Change
    Global Climate Change

    Global Climate Change is NASA's eyes on the Earth. It provides vital signs for the planet, as well as evidence, causes, effects, and solutions to climate change. [Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration] »

PUBLICATIONS

  • Growing Up Green
    Growing Up Green

    Youth are leading the way to a sustainable future by creating innovative solutions to global problems. Read about some of their amazing accomplishments and ambitious plans for the future in this issue of eJournal USA. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Climate Action Goes Local
    Climate Action Goes Local

    Learn how governments, businesses and communities in Central America, East Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the United States are partnering to leverage their resources to combat climate change. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Global Water Issues
    Global Water Issues

    This book demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the challenging issue of water security and the unrelenting pursuit of effective solutions. As water becomes a scarce commodity, our success depends on mutual dialogue, cooperation and discipline in conserving this precious resource. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Climate Change Partnerships
    Climate Change Partnerships

    Climate Change Partnerships leverage the complementary skills and talents of diverse partners and likely will be among the required responses to global climate change. [Source: IIP Digital] »

  • Climate Change Perspectives
    Climate Change Perspectives

    This eJournal USA offers perspectives of experts and activists in several key countries on effective policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate global warming and adapt to irreversible changes, and features an introduction by U.S. special envoy Todd Stern. [Source: America.gov Archive] »

  • Energy Efficiency: The First Fuel
    Energy Efficiency: The First Fuel

    Increasing the efficient use of existing energy supplies is widely acknowledged as the fastest, cheapest, and cleanest way to meet future energy needs. Energy Efficiency: The First Fuel examines the strong U.S. record of tapping efficiency as a resource, and the accelerated efforts by individuals, organizations, and governments to squeeze greater productivity from all energy sources. [Source: America.gov Archive] »

  • The Greening of U.S. Corporations
    The Greening of U.S. Corporations

    This issue of eJournal USA delves into what those familiar with the history of the environmental movement in the United States might see as a surprising trend — the way U.S. corporations in recent years have embraced environmentally friendly ways of doing business. What prompts a corporation to “go green”? [Source: America.gov Archive] »

  • Rachel Carson: Pen against Poison
    Rachel Carson: Pen against Poison

    Rachel Carson was a quiet woman who stirred extraordinary controversy that persists decades after her death. Her 1962 book Silent Spring brought worldwide attention to the harm to human health and the environment wrought by mishandling of a powerful pesticide, fomenting the environmental movement. In the 100th anniversary year of Carson's birth, this publication examines how occasionally in history a book with a powerful idea can bring about peaceful but dramatic change in a democratic society. [Source: America.gov Archive] »

USEFUL LINKS

White House: Energy, Climate Change and Our Environment

U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Program

U.S Environmental Protection Agency

America.gov Archive Photo Gallery: A Changing Planet

UN Environment Programme: World Environment Day 2012

UN Environment Programme: Green Economy: Does it include you?
 

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