What: This town hall will focus on how environmental governance will look in times of COVID19 and its recovery. It will show the reinforced conviction of young people to hold their governments accountable for steering economic reconstruction after COVID-19 according to environmental guidelines. The town hall will outline the thematic priorities of young people for UNEA-5 and their expectations when it comes to broader and structural involvement of children and youth in political processes.
It will be very interactive in nature and bring together experts and panelists from the UN system, member states, children & youth groups, Indigenous communities, the scientific community, and others. The session will be conducted in two rounds - the first focus is on recovering from the pandemic and how we #buildBackBetter to further strengthen the environmental movements. The second round will focus on how UNEA5 needs to deliver a clear message of action and implementation.
What: This dialogue will follow an action agenda first addressed at UNEA 4 and continued at the World Economic Forum in January 2020 to demonstrate the need for transformation of our food systems. It will help to inspire and build momentum for a coherent and collaborative approach to be developed at UNEA 5 that can feed into the UN Food Systems Summit with concrete examples and leadership actions to demonstrate that protecting and restoring nature is a central component of securing not only long-term food security but also viability and profitability of businesses, and the full implementation of the SDGs and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The townhall will address opportunities for transforming agriculture and food systems for public and private actors at UNEA 5. It will focus on highlighting experiences of nature-friendly practices, taking full account of food systems, food and nutrition security and livelihoods.
What: From 7-10 June 2020, the Act #ForNature Global Online Forum will bring together citizens, government and non-governmental organizations, businesses and scientific institutions from around the globe to engage in a series of open and inclusive discussions across a diverse range of topics from healthy ecosystems and marine plastics to global food systems, youth and more. It will build on the momentum created by World Environment Day on 5 June–a day that recognizes global change requires a global community; inspires positive change; and calls for collective, worldwide environmental action. The forum will pave the way for a successful UNEA-5, by building a compelling case for transformational change for nature and people in the context of the post-COVID-19 world.
The online forum will be led by UNEA President and Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn and UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Inger Andersen.
What is Townhall 3 about?
Building on the strong political support of the past four sessions of the United Nations Environment Assembly and many expressions of the political will to support stronger global commitment on marine litter and microplastics over the past year, UNEA-5 comes at an important moment in time. Critical to this mission also is to provide a good science and evidence-base to inform policy-making. Data consolidation, source inventories and standardized methodologies – are needed to better understand the sources, pathways and impacts of litter in the marine environment.
This session, held in the context of the Bureau Meeting of UNEA 5, will attempt to address the question:
What actions should UNEA 5 take on marine plastic litter, and how can technology, finance and initiatives by stakeholders contribute to robust policy action in support of the ambition to eliminate all discharge of litter into the ocean in the long-term?
This year was a World Environment Day unlike any other; government leaders, scientists, celebrities and more came together for a virtual celebration and discussion, organized by the Government of Colombia) highlighting the complex environmental issues our planet faces. Looking at the world around us, it's apparent that now, more than ever, we need to act #ForNature.
Bogotá/Nairobi, 5 de junio de 2020.- Mientras las naciones del mundo se esfuerzan por contener la pandemia de la COVID-19, el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente de este año destacó la urgencia de cambiar radicalmente la relación de la humanidad con la naturaleza para preservar nuestras sociedades y prevenir futuras pandemias.
Celebrado el 5 de junio, el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente es el mayor evento anual de las Naciones Unidas para abogar por la acción ambiental y la necesidad de proteger nuestro planeta. Desde que se conmemoró por primera vez en 1974, el evento se ha convertido en una plataforma mundial para la divulgación pública sobre el medio ambiente en más de 100 países.
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The state of Puebla hosted today the virtual national celebration of World Environment Day in Mexico.
Puebla, known for its stunning views of the Popocatépetl volcano, harbors rich biodiversity. Within its territory, almost 400,000 hectares of natural areas are protected.
During the online event, organized along with the UNEP Office in Mexico, Governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta said that the state will continue to promote the defense of nature and that a greater investment will be made in environmental protection.
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El Estado de Puebla albergó hoy la celebración nacional virtual del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente en México.
Puebla, conocida por sus impresionantes vistas del volcán Popocatépetl, alberga una rica biodiversidad. Casi 400.000 hectáreas de áreas naturales están protegidas dentro de su territorio.
Durante el evento virtual, organizado junto con la Oficina del PNUMA en México, el gobernador de Puebla, Miguel Barbosa Huerta, dijo que el Gobierno continuará fomentando una cultura en defensa de la naturaleza y que se realizará una mayor inversión en esta materia.
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Travel to iconic locations across the world and discover the diversity of nature around them.
Ellie Goulding, United Kingdom: Nowhere is far enough to escape climate change. Every corner of the Earth is being affected.
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, Ricardo Lozano, Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Andersen and German Ambassador in Colombia, Peter Ptassek say the closing remarks for the closing session.
A news release today by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson announces over 60 conservation projects under development across the country. Funded through the Canada Nature Fund’s Target 1 Challenge initiative, these projects will conserve biodiversity, protect species at risk; and enhance the ecological integrity, connectivity, and size of Canada’s protected areas. The projects progress Canada closer to its goal of protecting 25 per cent of its lands and 25 per cent of its oceans by 2025.
Read the full release here.
As the North American host city for World Environment Day, Montréal, Quebec is marking the occasion by inviting all citizens to take part in numerous activities that focus on preserving biodiversity and the relationship between humans and nature. The City of Montréal is a leader on the global stage in conveying the message locally, nationally and internationally, that urgent action is required to preserve biodiversity in our increasingly urbanized world.
Find the full media release here.
In an op-ed released today by the Mayor of Montréal and ICLEI’s Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity, alongside mayors from around the world, Valérie Plante asks cities to reimagine their relationship with nature this World Environment Day. Mayor Plante explains that protecting biodiversity is important for sustainability, but also for creating vibrant and equitable communities.
Read full op-ed here.
Read full op-ed here.
This June 5, Carlos Vives, one of the most renowned Colombian musicians, called on everyone to reconnect with nature and start appreciating the valuable contributions of ecosystems.
Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, hosts today World Environment Day celebrations. See the full menu of panels and discussions that are taking place today.
Este 5 de junio, Carlos Vives, uno de los músicos colombianos más reconocidos, hizo un llamado a toda las personas a reconectarse con la naturaleza y comenzar a apreciar las valiosas contribuciones de los ecosistemas.
Colombia es uno de los países con mayor biodiversidad en la Tierra y acoge hoy las celebraciones del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente. Vea el menú completo de paneles y debates que se están llevando a cabo hoy.
Test your knowledge on Biodiversity and learn more about the intricate services nature provides us.
UNEP has just published its press release for this year's World Environment Day:
"Bogotá/Nairobi, 05 June 2020 – As nations of the world strive to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World Environment Day brings into sharp focus the importance of fundamentally shifting humanity’s relationship with nature to preserve our societies and prevent future pandemics.
Celebrated annually on 5 June, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ biggest event advocating for environmental action and the need to protect our planet. Since it was first observed in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach on the environment in over 100 countries."
Find the full article on the website.
What: A panel discussion featuring: Patricia Espinosa (UNFCCC Executive Secretary), Manuel Pulgar (WWF Global Leader of Energy and Climate), Kate Hughes (Director for International Climate Change in the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment and Energy) and Graham Watkins (Head of the Inter-American Development Bank Climate Change Division).
Moderator: Ricardo Lozano (Colombia’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development)
Organizer: World Wildlife Fund - WWF
In Peru, President Martín Vizcarra travelled on World Environment Day to the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon, to supervise the progress of the production of 741,238 seedlings for reforestation, and enhance support to local communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President was accompanied by the Minister of Environment, Fabiola Muñoz. “We stand firm in the fight against illegal mining and deforestation”, said the Minister.
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En Perú, el presidente Martín Vizcarra viajó en el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente a la Reserva Nacional Tambopata en la Amazonía, para supervisar el progreso de la producción de 741,238 plántulas para la reforestación y mejorar el apoyo a las comunidades locales afectadas por la pandemia COVID-19.
La ministra del Ambiente, Fabiola Muñoz, acompañó al presidente. "Nos mantenemos firmes en la lucha contra la minería ilegal y la deforestación", dijo la ministra.
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Follow LIVE NOW: Pathway2Paris' Virtual Festival for Our Planet to celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay by clicking this Facebook live link.
From 350.org: "Join a global gathering of incredible musicians, frontline activists, thought leaders, artists and political heroes as we come together to chart a vision for a just recovery."
Gisele Bündchen, one of UNEP's proud supporters, shares a strong message for World Environment Day on her Instagram.
"Environmental Day, and I couldn’t let it pass. The reason we are all here is because of Mother Nature, who supports all of life. She is our greatest teacher, and is always showing us the way, if only we would listen.
She shows us that everything is interconnected and interdependent. When you think about it, her power come from her diversity and it depends on it to survive.Just like with people, our differences are our strengths, and we get stronger when we work together.
Nature doesn’t judge or divide. She nurtures. She reminds us that every form of life is sacred, and important, and has its own special role in creating balance, so all of life can flourish.
What creates unbalance in our world? Division. When man tries to divide nature, she is harmed and weakened and can even die. This is also true of humanity.
Nature has the answers- and by observing her, and mirroring back her example, we can start creating a more loving, supportive world where we can all thrive.
This is our home, and our choices will help to create our future.
#Forhumanity #ForNature ?"
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From today, 5 June, Apple Watch owners will be able to complete a new Apple Watch activity challenge in celebration of World Environment Day. The challenge requests users to close the blue Stand rings on the Apple Watch Activity app. Completing the challenge will award users with a unique badge viewable in the Awards section of the Activity app.
Read more here.
The UN Environment Programme of New York tweeted its thanks to the speakers who shared their thoughts at a #WorldEnvironmentDay virtual briefing.
Find the full tweet here.
What: A panel discussion featuring: Gina Tambini (Representative of the Pan American Health Organization in Colombia), Fabiola Muñoz (Minister of Environment of Peru), Martin Jaggi (Cooperation Director of the Andean Regional Hub of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Helena Molin (Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat) and Sergio Sanchez (Senior Policy Director for the Global Clean Air Initiative - Environmental Defense Fund).
Moderator: Daniel Quintero, Mayor of Medellin
Organizer: Medellín City Hall
Ben Fogle, United Kingdom: Our relationship with nature cannot be all take. We have to give back.
O Presidente da Colômbia, Iván Duque, deixou a sua mensagem para o Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente. Em 2020, o país sul-americano foi escolhido para sediar as atividades da data. Duque afirmou que "é uma verdadeira honra, como presidente da Colômbia, ser o anfitrião desse dia tão importante para a humanidade", durante o evento oficial da celebração, transmitido ao vivo pela Internet.
Além disso, para o presidente: "Estamos em um momento de profunda reflexão sobre a natureza, as mudanças climáticas, a ética e os comportamentos que devemos ter, como sociedade, para proteger as espécies e os ecossistemas". "Não há dúvida de que, com o COVID-19, estamos vivendo o momento mais complexo para a humanidade em muitos anos", completou.
O presidente também aproveitou o momento para fazer um alerta: “Mas também é verdade que a grande questão de nosso tempo é mudarmos as tendências do aquecimento global e das mudanças climáticas. As mudanças climáticas têm efeitos devastadores em muitos ecossistemas. Elas ameaçam a biodiversidade, as geleiras e elevam o nível do mar, afetando a sustentabilidade de muitos ambientes e populações costeiras. Esse é nosso grande desafio".
"A América Latina e o Caribe precisam agir e usar cada vez mais suas vozes. Neste Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente, todos nós levantaremos nossas vozes, porque estamos enfrentando uma pandemia e porque não podemos voltar a ser o que éramos antes. Precisamos sair dessa crise como uma sociedade melhor", concluiu.
Our planet, today more than ever, requires everyone's effort to preserve our natural resources and ecosystems. I reiterate my commitment to the implementation of sustainability models and ecological practices that guarantee a greener country. #ForNature"
"El planeta tierra, hoy más que nunca, requiere del esfuerzo de todos para preservar nuestros recursos naturales y ecosistemas. Reitero mi compromiso con la implementación de modelos de sostenibilidad y de prácticas ecológicas que garanticen un país más verde. #PorLaNaturaleza"
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Join this Instagram live to learn about transforming our relationship with the natural world.
Rocky Dawuni, one of UNEP's proud Goodwill Ambassadors, shares his support for World Environment Day on Instagram.
Find the Instagram post here.
How is the Dutch Heineken beer company contributing to our global sustainability goals and celebrating #WorldEnvironmentDay? Find out via the full article here.
Inger Andersen, UNEP's Chief, was interviewed and features in CTGN's recent article about World Environment Day and placing the environment at the center of recovery plans coming out of lockdown from the current coronavirus pandemic.
Find the full article here.
The Government of Canada has released a news release announcing its celebration of World Environment Day.
Find the full news release here.
An article entitled “The biodiversity crisis is a development crisis” penned by Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director, was published today in Spanish language in top newspapers in seven countries in Latin America.
Some have called the biodiversity loss a “silent crisis”. But make no mistake, biodiversity loss is devastating and with consequences as catastrophic as climate change. The biodiversity crisis is a development crisis, writes Andersen.
The biodiversity crisis has been unfolding for decades, as we, humans, have encroached into the natural world, fragmenting ecosystems and creating conditions for the faster spread of viruses between animal and human populations.
The COVID-19 pandemic, the greatest challenge humanity has faced since World War II, represents an unprecedented wake-up call: we need to recommit to the sustainable development goals and redraw our development model with nature firmly in mind.
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Join in the celebration of the Beethoven Pastoral Project with a live stream from the house in Bonn where Beethoven was born. Star violinist Daniel Hope will play a new composition exclusively for this live event, and Dirk Kaftan and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn will play an excerpt from Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, the "Pastoral." In addition, the DW documentary "The Sound of Nature" will have its worldwide premiere.
Find the full article here.
“En este día tan importante os comparto un antiguo texto Veda (India), de alrededor de 4.000 años”:
El nuevo ser humano encontrará su religión en la naturaleza
No en las estatuas muertas, sino en los árboles vivos, que bailan al viento.
Encontrará su religión con las estrellas.
Dialogará con la existencia tal y como es.
No vivirá con ideas abstractas.
Vivirá con realidades.
Su compromiso será con la naturaleza.
El nuevo ser humano leerá la sagrada escritura en la naturaleza.
Tratará de descifrar los misterios de la naturaleza.
Mira el video: bit.ly/3dEh3Cl
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What: This virtual panel event has been rescheduled from the 2020 GreenThumb GrowTogether conference, and is now part of World Environment Day celebrations.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Learn about the role that community gardens play in addressing climate change through biodiversity and sustainable gardening practices. Hear from community gardeners and local partners about ways that your community garden can introduce design principles, green infrastructure, native plants, and other strategies to enhance climate resiliency.
Moderator: Genea Foster (NYC Parks GreenThumb)
When: 5 June 2020; 13.00 - 14.00 EST
Click here to join the event.
The International Olympic Committee reaffirms its commitment to building a healthier planet through sport in an article published today.
Read the full article here.
What: The film Sharkwater Extinction follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. With a focus on sharks, it highlights biodiversity loss and its drivers including illegal wildlife trade and bycatch. It discusses the impacts of removing an apex predator from our interconnected web of life and raises public awareness on individual consumption as a driving force of biodiversity loss. A panel of international experts will discuss the loss of biodiversity illustrated in the film, exploring the drivers, such as illegal wildlife trade. The panel will also exchange their views on where solutions may lie and share what they are doing to halt biodiversity loss.
Find more information here.
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What: Earth Guardians invite you to celebrate World Environment Day by participating in a Live Panel Discussion to discuss the interactions between social justice and biodiversity protection.
In honour of the Black Lives Matter movement, we will be centring our panel discussion on anti-racist efforts and racial justice. The fight for climate justice and the celebration of biodiversity must include efforts to dismantle white supremacy and any system that promotes racial inequality and harms black, brown, and indigenous bodies.
When: 5 June 2020; 10.00 MST
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What: Bhamla launches "Dhakk Dhakk Dhartiâ™“ an anthem to celebrate biodiversity, produced by Bhamla Foundation with the support of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Composed by Shaan and penned by Swanand Kirkire, The anthems choreographed by Shiamak Davar and features Akshay Kumar, Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu along with the voices of Adnan Sami, B Praak, Palak Muchhal, Papon, Payal Dev, Richa Sharma, Salim Merchant, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Shweta Mohan. The song highlights the importance of biodiversity and urges everyone to unite and work together to protect it in order to create a greener and healthier environment.
Along with the musical campaign, we have asked the above-mentioned influencers to speak on the concern and seriousness towards biodiversity and the coexistence of species. These have a lot of information which will counsel all age groups and.
Bhamla Foundation will also host a digital event to mark World Environment Day and increase awareness on the importance of protecting the Earth's biodiversity.
The event will include live music, dance and comedy performances and also feature some of the most renowned artists from the entertainment industry including Akshay Kumar, Kapil Sharma, Tapsee Pannu, Rajkumar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Shaan, Sophie Choudry, Shankar Mahadevan, Swanand Kirkire, Shiamak Davar, Richa Sharma, Salim Suleiman, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Emiway Bantai, Adnan Sami, B Praak, Palak Muchhal, Papon, Prasoon Joshi, Shekhar Suman and Anita Dongre.
When: 5 June 2020; 7.00pm EAT
Join the event here.
"Natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable, and ecosystem services are a part of the real wealth of nations. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the sun rays that reach us, and the food that we consume every day, are all gifts from the environment, and as such, it becomes important that they are respected, and their values understood.
Reversing nature loss Is simply committing to halt and start reversing the loss of nature, and restore nature to more sustainable levels.
Benefits of reversing nature loss include access to water and food, health, stable climate and general quality of life.
How do we reverse nature loss? There is a clear, achievable, science-based, pathway that implies building a movement for 2020 and beyond. Locally, communities, governments, and businesses need to engage and work together to provide a concrete implementation of the global frameworks.
Happy World Environment Day"
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What: Watch the #ForNature collective poem curated by poet and multi-media artist Ahmed Badr released today!
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"Join me right here on @instagram for a live discussion with a few special guests who are making unique, powerful contributions to sustaining the Earth's environment worldwide through understanding, space technologies, outreach to communities in East Africa, astronomy, inclusion, capacity building and outspoken advocacy. #WorldEnvironmentDay #ForNature #TEWS2020 #globalimpact"
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Ao Vivo agora na mega live do Green Nation, a Representante do PNUMA no Brasil, Denise Hamú, debate as possibilidades para o mundo pós COVID-19, na sessão: "O Mundo Pode ser Diferente".
Também participam Ailton Krenak e Christiane Torloni, além da moderação de Sergio Besserman.
Assista agora no canal do YouTube do Green Nation!
What: Follow UNEP for our online program for this year's World Environment Day! See the full schedule and details in the attachment.
When: 11:00-1:00 PM (IST) on June 5th
Register Online by clicking this link.
Read the full statement here.
What: Didi Charity joined hands with the United Nations Environment Programme to launch the "Protect Your Nature" campaign. Inspired by the insights that human and urban wildlife constitute nature, with similar survival and emotional needs, DiDi Charity advocates the public to protect urban wildlife through sustainable consumption and civil society participation.
“Para mí es un verdadero honor como presidente de Colombia ser el anfitrión de este día tan importante para la humanidad”, el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, dijo el Presidente de Colombia Iván Duque, durante el evento oficial de celebración, transmitido en vivo en línea.
“Estamos en un momento de profundas reflexiones sobre la naturaleza, sobre el cambio climático, sobre cómo debemos comportarnos, sobre cuál debe ser la ética de nuestra sociedad, para proteger las especies y los ecosistemas”, señaló.
“No hay duda de que el momento más complejo que ha vivido la humanidad en muchos años, lo vivimos ahora, con ocasión de la COVID-19”, dijo el Presidente.
“Pero también es cierto que el gran tema de nuestro tiempo es nuestra capacidad de cambiar las tendencias frente al cambio climático y el calentamiento global. El cambio climático trae efectos devastadores en muchísimos ecosistemas. El cambio climático amenaza la biodiversidad, amenaza nuestros glaciares y por supuesto también termina elevando niveles del mar que afectan la sostenibilidad de muchos entornos costeros y de muchas poblaciones. Por eso este es el gran tema de nuestro tiempo”, alertó.
"América Latina y el Caribe tiene que hacerse cada vez más presente con su voz y sus acciones. En este Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente todos elevaremos nuestra voz, porque enfrentamos una pandemia, es cierto, pero nuestra aspiración no puede ser volver a como estábamos antes, sino salir de ella como mejor sociedad”, dijo Duque.
Message from Iván Duque, President of Colombia, host country of World Environment Day
"For me, it is a true honour as the President of Colombia to be the host of this important day for humanity, the World Environment Day”, said President of Colombia, Iván Duque, during the official celebration event, broadcast live.
"We are in a time of deep reflections on nature, on climate change, on how we should behave, on what the ethics of our society should be, to protect species and ecosystems," he said.
"There is no doubt that we are living now the most complex times that humanity has lived in many years, on the occasion of COVID-19," said the President.
“But it is also true that the great theme of our time is our ability to change trends in the face of climate change and global warming. Climate change has devastating effects on many ecosystems. Climate change threatens biodiversity, threatens our glaciers, and of course, also ends up rising sea levels that affect the sustainability of many coastal environments and many populations. So, this is the great issue of our time," he warned.
"Latin America and the Caribbean has to become more and more present with its voice and its actions. On this World Environment Day, we will all raise our voices, because we are facing a pandemic, it is true, but our aspiration cannot be to go back to the way we were before, but to overcome this pandemic as a better society," said Duque.
Rocky Dawuni, Ghana: We’re losing environmental consciousness and awareness. We need to wake people up to recognize our responsibility. That is the power of music
Xiamen Airlines holds voluntary activities to raise the public awareness for environmental protection, and announced a new round of creative running courses, calling hundreds of participants’ attention to green commuting and protecting this beautiful planet.
Inger Andersen, Denmark: We need to cultivate environmental stewardship. It's the only way we can flip the green switch to sustainability and save our planet.
“The planet always speaks the truth. Let's listen”, says Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer, on World Environment Day.
Lewis Pugh, South Africa: Animals aren’t represented in parliaments. We are their voices. Be a voice with me for the magnificent biodiversity that makes up our Oceans on Planet Earth.
Joyce Msuya, Kenya: Today's youth are powerful. They have technology, interconnectedness and unrivalled energy. They give us hope.
Afroz Shah, India: The problem isn’t plastic. It’s plastic pollution.
Dia Mirza, India: We don’t just live in nature. We are part of it. And our survival depends on protecting it
Alex Rendell, Thailand: Children are our future and nature is their inheritance.
Antoinette Taus, Philippines: When we protect nature, nature protects us.
Nadya Hutagalung, Singapore: Parents will do anything for their kids. How about saving the planet?
SOUTH AFRICA’S MESSAGE OF SUPPORT ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AS DELIVERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES’ DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL: BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, MR SHONISANI MUNZHEDZI DURING UNEP WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020 WEBINAR
5 June 2020
"I would like to acknowledge partners from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), Reimagine South Africa, Western Cape Provincial Government, youths and international friends.
We began 2020 as the super year for biodiversity as we were anticipating in a number of global events in the run up to the adoption of a new Post 2020 global biodiversity Framework.
We recognised that the year was special and that it was imperative that we adopt a new global compact that would deliver benefits for nature and people.
The World Environment Day 2020 took this into account hence the relevant and timely theme “It’s Time for Nature”. The theme affirms human beings as part of the ecosystem and therefore intricate with nature. We consider this year’s theme as a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.
South Africa is a signatory and an active member of the three Rio Conventions, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). We are also a party to numerous biodiversity based multilateral agreements. We honour our obligations through these global instruments and the many programmes that we implement nationally.
We believe that efforts to address the impact of climate change, efforts to address biodiversity loss and those geared towards reversing land degradation are mutually inclusive and mutually beneficial.
We believe that biodiversity is life, biodiversity is health, and biodiversity is economy. The recent National Biodiversity Assessment indicates that the country has more than 418 000 biodiversity related jobs straddling across protecting biodiversity, restoring ecological infrastructure, extractive use of biodiversity, biodiversity based tourism as well as research and professional services. I therefore call upon the young people to consider their career paths in some of these disciplines
South Africa is one of the 10 nations globally for plant species richness, 2nd highest in plant endemism, and 3rd highest in marine species endemism. We have 9 biomes and 458 ecosystem types with approximately 80% of which are endemic.
The COVID 19 Pandemic has put nature into sharp focus as we recognise the need to take better care of nature so that nature can in turn take care of us.
2020 has seen the world change in phenomenal ways and provided opportunities for young people such as yourselves to make meaningful contributions on how we reshape the world for the better. The COVID 19 crisis has highlighted the challenges we face as a people and put a spotlight on among others the importance of nature, compassion and solidarity. It further brought to the spotlight the delicate balance between biodiversity and human life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought sharp focus on societal vulnerability to systemic and multidimensional risks of climate change and biodiversity loss. Humanity has a role to work towards a resilient society as a response to climate change, and to reverse biodiversity loss and protect the most vulnerable.
We subscribe to the slogan that says, no one should be left behind in the path towards a better and truly inclusive development which will form part of the legacy of the post COVID 19 response and recovery plans. Nature must be central to this new path.
The Department would therefore like to encourage citizens to be partners in the protection of the network of protected and conservation areas in south Africa represented by a network of national botanical gardens, nature reserves, natural open spaces, world heritage sites, wetlands, and spectacular mountains and ridge. All of these play an important role as centres of social cohesion and serve as valuable windows into South Africa’s biodiversity.
This year we will profile our work on adding value through protected areas, investing in ecological infrastructure through the protection of strategic water sources, restoration programmes, rewarding benefits through payments and markets and advancing the biodiversity economy.
We therefore reiterate our commitment to protect biodiversity and safeguard natures’ contribution to people. We commit to work with the youth and other partners on the whole society approach to heighten nature’s solutions to the many challenges that humanity faces.
I thank you"
When: 9AM – 12PM EST on 5 June, via Facebook Live on their respective pages.
What: On World Environment Day, June 5, 2020, for which Montréal is the North American host city, Space for Life and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are organizing an event to reflect on and imagine the future of our planet (our cities, our spaces) as well as the cohabitation between species on Earth, humans included. The meeting will include participants and speakers from all over the world, and from various backgrounds, including scientists, activists, educators, citizens, and artists.
This spring, at a time when a health and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 is causing an unprecedented global slowdown, this event urges us to take a step back and brings together a variety of people in an environment that is conducive to the sharing of our collective intelligence. Unlocking Human Potential for Biodiversity is the first phase of a vast project designed to find and implement solutions for the future.
More information on the featured speakers and schedule can be found here.
"Diálogos sobre Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável" é o tema da live de hoje da Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS) e da SDSN-Amazônia, em parceria com o PNUMA no Brasil.
O debate será por conta do Superintendente de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da FAS, Valcléia Solidade, e do Secretário Estadual de Educação do Estado Amazonas, Luis Fabian Barbosa.
O bate-papo acontece neste Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente, 5 de junho, às 16h, no aplicativo Google Meet. Participe!
Pedro Sánchez: Ignoring nature impacts our health and quality of life. We must react now.
It is time to lay the foundations for a green recovery that guarantees a prosperous, stable and fair future for our young people.
O Green Nation Brasil está promovendo uma mega live com conversas, debates e reflexões sobre o Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente, nesta sexta-feira, dia 5. Sustentabilidade em tempos de pandemia é o tema geral do debate, que conta com a participação da representante do PNUMA no Brasil, Denise Hamú, na sessão de 12h10 às 13h05: O mundo pode ser diferente.
Também participam, nas demais sessões, entre 10h e 16h, personalidades como: Ailton Krenak, Juliana Paes, Bela Gil, Helio Mattar, Sonia Guajajara, entre outros.
A transmissão é feita no Facebook do Green Nation e no canal no YouTube.
Acompanhe ao vivo!
What: Time For Nature - this World Environment Day, learn how all living things on Earth are connected in the web of life and how we can act.
On World Environment Day, IBAT will demonstrate how consulting biodiversity data can help businesses with their decision-making. During the webinar, we will demonstrate IBAT functionality through examples of proximity reports at iconic global landmarks and discuss how IBAT can help businesses in particular. On the panel will be Jonty Knox, Senior Programme Officer in the Business and Biodiversity Team at UNEP-WCMC. Accompanying him will be Ben Jobson, the new Programme Officer at IBAT.
IBAT is an alliance between BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
When: 5 June 2020; 4:00pm - 5:00pm (EAT)
Click here to join the webinar.
What: For World Environment Day, AISEC is focusing this week's podcast on the topic of sustainability. The aim is to showcase how young leaders utilise their ideas and entrepreneurs skills to create innovative solutions for building more sustainable communities.
In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program, our guest on this episode Sonika Manandhar, is recognised as UNEP Champion of the earth. Sonika tries to build more sustainable communities in Nepal through tackling multiple issues at the same time.
What: Four speakers join for a discussion organized by the International Climate Change Development Initiative in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Striftung & Coalition for Socio-Ecological Transformation
When: June 5th at 3PM West African Time
Join via this link: bit.ly/WED2020NG
Tomorrow is #WorldEnvironmentDay– a day for raising worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year's theme,"Time for nature" is a call for urgent action to protect biodiversity. In honour of World Environment Day, the East African Wild Life Society has partnered with the Mpala Research Centre to host a special reading of Executive Director Dino J. Martins children's book on entomology. Kids of all ages are welcome to learn what means what it means to explore the world around us. For more information and to register for this event, visit the link in bio.
What: In honour of World Environment Day, the East African Wild Life Society has partnered with the Mpala Research Centre to host a special reading of Executive Director Dino J. Martins children's book on entomology. Youth of all ages are welcome to learn what means what it means to explore the world around us & “learn how real scientists observe insects, capture them to study up close, and release them back into the wild.”
When: 10:00 AM EDT | 5:00 PM EAT
Abracadabra!!!? Can #magic save biodiversity? Watch this trick performed for us (and you) by Spanish teacher-magician Xuxo, Global Teacher Prize finalist. And have a magical #World Environment Day! @lamagiadexuxo #ForNature pic.twitter.com/q56DATwLZA
— UN Environment Programme Europe (@UNEP_Europe) June 5, 2020
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced Alex Rendell as a National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand.
Alex is an actor and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Education Center (EEC), an organization that raises environmental awareness among children. Alex has long been a presence in Thai television and cinema, having got his start in front of the camera when he was only 4 years old. He has featured in numerous well-known sitcoms and dramas such as Kom-Fak (Brave Man Standing) and Keb-Pan-Din (The Good Citizen).
Read the full release.
Join via the 350.org website and Facebook live for a beautiful day of music, film, and innovative conversations around solutions for a renewable world. The line-up includes Arundhati Roy, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Angelique Kidjo, amongst other musicians, performers, grassroots activists, and thought leaders, joining together to chart a path forward for humanity.
When: 3 – 7 pm EST on 5 June
Find out more information via PathwaytoParis' Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pathway2Paris/?ref=br_rs
What: Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
The tragic Covid-19 crisis has revealed our fragility, our community of shared human fate – wherever we live – and our capacity to free ourselves from political and financial dogma in the face of imminent danger. While we are threatened by other dangers - climate disruption, the collapse of biodiversity, social inequalities - #TheTimeHasCome for major cultural and structural changes.
On World Environment Day, Nicolas Hulot, former French Minister of Environment, and the Fondation pour la nature et l’homme, invite you to discover 100 principles and 5 proposals and join the international call to say that "The time has come" to establish the cornerstones of a new world. Lead by actress Juliette Binoche and Aurelien Barrau, 200 Nobel Prize winners, scientists, celebrities and international artists have got together to sign a forum in Le Monde entitled “The time has come”.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Royal Government of Bhutan on Cooperation in the areas of Environment.
Keeping in view the bilateral interest of both sides and mutually agreed priorities, a Memorandum of Understanding covering the following areas of environment has been considered:
• Chemical Management;
• Climate Change;
• Any other areas jointly decided upon.
Read the full press release here.
What: FAO, with the participation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), will be hosting the World Environment Day 2020 event “The Interface of Humans, Animals and the Environment” on Friday, 5 June 2020 from 13.30 to 15.30 hours (Rome time, CET) via Zoom.
FAO recognizes the important role of ecosystem restoration for improving resilience in a changing climate and re‐establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and humans. Ecosystem Restoration for production must be at the centre of efforts to build back. FAO is, therefore, proud to be co-leading with UNEP the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. Within this context, commemorating World Environment Day 2020 by highlighting what is needed to help transform our food and agricultural systems after COVID-19 is crucial.
The virtual event on World Environment Day 2020 aims to deepen the discussion on the links between biodiversity, health and diseases transmission; food production and biodiversity management - trade-offs to reduce emerging infectious diseases; and ecosystem-based approaches to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. These three topics will be elaborated on by three Panels, with a particular focus on sharing FAO’s experiences in these areas.
Find more information here.
The Lost Forest documents a scientific expedition to a mountain forest in northern Mozambique which has never been visited before by biologists, and even the local people know of no-one who has been to the forest because one has to rock climb a vertical cliff to reach it. The series was bought by National Geographic and was premiered recently on the National Geographic YouTube Channel.
We need to race towards a fairer, safer and healthier ? .
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) June 5, 2020
What: On Friday 5 June, CinemAmbiente Environmental Film Festival and the National Museum of Cinema present Movies for Nature, a 24-hour free online streaming marathon including 11 films dedicated to biodiversity. Feature films, medium length and short films will offer a journey to discover the beauty of Nature and the increasingly fragile balance between its animal and plant life, now heavily threatened by the devastating effects of anthropization.
When: 5 June 2020; 00:00am - 12:00pm (UTC)
Following a presidential directive on last year’s World Environment Day, Kenya's has enforced a new plastic ban on 5 June 2020 in National Parks, beaches, forests and conservation areas, which means visitors will no longer be able to carry plastic water bottles, cups, disposable plates, cutlery, or straws into protected areas. The move follows Kenya’s ground-breaking step of a nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags in 2017.
Read the full story on UNEP's page.
Global lockdowns have been a wakeup call for all of us, highlighting the amount of harm we are inflicting on nature. It’s time to take matters into our own hands before it’s too late and #MakeItRight #ForNature #WorldEnviornmentDay @UN_Lebanon pic.twitter.com/yXuRVCdCjY
— UNIC Beirut (@UNICBeirut) June 5, 2020
Two major Thai telecommunications companies, True and DTAC, are showing their support for nature with a full-spectrum media press.
DTAC’s mascot, Nong Tua d, has tried its hand at saving endangered species on UNEP’s augmented reality Instagram game.
True Corporation, meanwhile, is broadcasting is a Thai-subtitled World Environment Day PSA across 22 channels and making sure people know it’s Time #ForNature with an SMS to True’s subscribers.
When: 2:00PM-4:30PM EAT on 5 June
Don't miss the live Webinar conference organized by UNEP, entitled "Building Resilience to Climate Change & Pandemic through Investment in Nature".
Join us as we come together for World Environment Day 2020, together with our special guests:
? Angie Mead King (farmer/environmentalist, founder of King Tower Farm)
? Chef Louise Mabulo (chef/environmentalist, United Nations Young Champion of the Earth, founder of The Cacao Project)
? Alex Rendell (Co-founder and CEO of the Environmental Education Centre Thailand and newly named Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand)
?Hosted by our very own CORA Founder and UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador —Antoinette Taus
We thank Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal of #Jordan ?? Honorary Human Development Ambassador of @UNDP, for joining millions of people today, and standing #ForNature on the occasion of #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/eBBFRtvzcT
— UN Environment Programme West Asia (@UNEP_WestAsia) June 5, 2020
My dear fellow citizens,
World countries have accepted the fact that it is necessary to collaborate fully in the use of nature-based solutions in confronting global climate change.
The United Nations has adopted the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration from 2021 to 2030 to confront the problems of climate change, strengthening of efforts to provide food and clean water, and protection of biodiversity; to take wide-ranging measures to restore ecosystems that have been deteriorating badly. That is why 2020 is a very important year for all countries of the world to commit themselves to the task of conservation of biodiversity and environment.
In Myanmar, we have been striving hard to achieve national reconciliation and working on historic reforms including the establishment of a Democratic Federal Union. For these tasks to succeed with effectiveness, the protection and conservation of the environment and valuable natural resources plays a very important role.
Read the full speech here.
Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion in a beautiful new animation set in the future, entitled 'The Gigantic Change'. The film, released as part of World Environment Day, looks back from 2050 to show how people came together to save the world from the climate and ecological crisis.
Visit https://www.thegiganticchange.com to find out how you can take action today.
Here are a few who took the pledge:
"I stand for #nature because now, more than ever before, we are awakened to the urgency of protecting life on Earth."?
— UN Biodiversity (@UNBiodiversity) June 4, 2020
شكراً لسعادة الشيخ عبدالله الأحمد الحمود الصباح، مدير عام الهيئة العامة للبيئة ورئيس مجلس الإدارة في دولة #الكويت ?? للمشاركة في تحدي #من_أجل_الطبيعة بمناسبة #اليوم_العالمي_للبيئة @EPA_KW @samidimassi_UN #ForNature#WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/kwrXss3mSo
— UN Environment Programme West Asia (@UNEP_WestAsia) June 4, 2020
شكراً للسيد حسن المهندي، الوكيل المساعد لشؤون البيئة، في وزارة البلدية والبيئة في دولة #قطر ?? للمشاركة في تحدي #من_أجل_الطبيعة بمناسبة #اليوم_العالمي_للبيئة@albaladiya @samidimassi_UN #ForNature #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/TmokjkH3fb
— UN Environment Programme West Asia (@UNEP_WestAsia) June 4, 2020
What: A 3 day online live-streamed event with panel discussions on biodiversity and climate change, information on local environmental action groups, sustainable living tutorials and live music.
This event will explore the key challenges facing biodiversity and what we can do to protect and conserve our local flora and fauna. The panel discussions include expert biologists, botanists and ecologists.
Join via this link.
Tasmanian Walking Company has launched a philanthropic initiative on World Environment Day to raise money in support of Australian conservation projects. The initiative, called Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation, will provide a guarantee of raising $1 million over the next five years, making up any shortfall with a corporate donation.
The Foundation will provide a platform for walkers to give back to the wilderness areas they visit and in turn, help conserve the natural and cultural heritage for generations to come. Walkers will be able to add a charitable contribution to their booking and an employee donation matching scheme will be established. TWC will cover all administration costs with 100% of the money raised donated.
Fundraising efforts will be spent on boots-on-the-ground projects that advocate for the conservation of public land to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Campaigns will focus on revegetation projects and the expansion of protected areas such as the Tarkine where less than 5% is national park areas despite being the world’s second-largest cool temperature rainforest.
The Institute of Public Policy and Development host a webinar highlighting the important linkages between sustainable use of natural resources and human well-being, especially safety and quality of life. In an interactive dialogue, experts share approaches for post-COVID recovery that allows transition towards low-carbon and green economies.
Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador of the European Union to the Kingdom of Thailand and Dechen Tsering, UNEP’s Asia and the Pacific Regional Director will deliver messages, along with Alex Rendell, newly named UNEP National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand.
The Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia is getting an advocacy boost to support the protection of this valuable wilderness. Under the Lion’s Share Fund, local and global partners are combining forces to tackle the threats facing the Leuser.
UNEP is now offering its Wild For Life campaign in Bahasa Indonesia. Wild for Life allows you to find your kindred species out of a number of endangered and threatened animals and plants, including those present in the Leuser, like the tiger, elephant, rhino, pangolin, orangutan, helmeted hornbill and others.
The Wild for Life campaign will help propagate the message of the Leuser, the only location on Earth where rhinos, tigers, elephants and elephants roam the same land. This unique ecosystem not only features immense biodiversity, its ecosystem services support millions of people living in the area.
“Both inside and outside of Indonesia, we hope that getting the word out, through our Wild for Life campaign, will encourage more interest in its protection,” said Lisa Rolls, Head of Biodiversity Communications at UNEP. “With more public support, we can work for stronger policies and enforcement that will keep the Leuser vital for both the humans and animals that depend on it for generations to come.”
What: Coral reefs – often described as the “rainforests of the sea” – are some of the most astoundingly biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They support a quarter of all marine species, protect our coastlines, provide food and livelihoods for 500 million people and are even used in the development of new medicines. Yet, these exceptional animals (that’s right, coral is an animal!) are under threat. This World Environment Day join the United Nations Environment Programme, The Ocean Agency and Reef-World for a fascinating discussion about these vital ecosystems.
On the occasion of World Environment Day watch 'Himalaya Watch', a 18 episodes series on Himalaya & it's biodiversity.
— Prasar Bharati Archives (@centralarchives) June 5, 2020
Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay - a time to pause, think about how our everyday actions impact the world around us & look at ways to reduce our carbon footprint for the benefits of generations to come.
Read about how we're taking action: https://t.co/xW0nSB0Jx5#ForNature @UNEP pic.twitter.com/rZpiArrbWP
— Melbourne Water (@MelbourneWater) June 5, 2020
In partnership with City Developments Limited, Singapore’s National Libraries Board launched a storytelling contest in late April to encourage kids and families to share inspiring stories of why they love the planet. The winning videos, announced today, will win prizes, and are featured in a compilation released for World Environment Day.
What: A conference will look at how Indonesia can use local wisdom to conserve nature.
The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry will hold a webinar in Bahasa Indonesia to celebrate World Environment Day. The webinar will discuss how to conserve nature with local wisdom. Minister Siti Nurbaya will be the keynote speaker and panels will include, among others, a former Minister of Environment, current Governor of East Java, and other lawmakers.
Join via this link.
El Ministerio del Ambiente de Perú (MINAM) realizará el 5 de junio la conferencia virtual “Biodiversidad: la hora de la naturaleza”.
La actividad estará dividida en ocho segmentos. En el primero participan Fabiola Muñoz, titular del MINAM; Leo Heileman, director regional del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) en América Latina y el Caribe; y el embajador Diego Mellado, jefe de la Delegación de la Unión Europea en el Perú.
Otros segmentos tratarán sobre la importancia de las áreas naturales protegidas, el rol de la biodiversidad en la salud y la seguridad alimentaria, bosques y cambio climático, bionegocios, economía circular y gobernanza ambiental
Fecha y hora: 5 de junio, 16:00 horas (GMT-5)
Más detalles y conexión: bit.ly/3cuxv6J
Après le succès de sa Grande Première tenue en Haïti, le documentaire « Ainsi parla la Mer » d'Arnold Antonin Cinéaste Haitien est maintenant prêt pour sa sortie mondiale à l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement 2020!
Le #COVID19 nous a certes séparés, mais nous pouvons toujours rester connectés en ligne pour nous joindre à cette passionnante conversation initiée par la Mer d’Haïti. A ses côtés, des prêtresses vaudou, des pêcheurs, des marchandes, des artistes, des entrepreneurs, des experts urbanistes, historiens, biologistes, climatiques, toutes et tous des enfants d’Haïti, prennent la parole dans ce récit et racontent leurs propres expériences avec la nature haïtienne.Avec des images spectaculaires de la Perle des Caraïbes et une narration magnifique, vous plongerez dans les histoires, mystères et préoccupations de la Mer haïtienne.
Le PNUE vous invite à savourer ce documentaire, comme une aventure pour voyager, découvrir ou redécouvrir la beauté d’Haïti, mais aussi pour entendre les messages que notre nature nous envoie. L’horizon d’Haïti sera côtier ou ne sera pas. « C’est le temps de la nature », ainsi parla la Mer…
Date vendredi 5 juin 2020, à l’occasion de la #JournéeMondialeDelEnvironnement 2020
Où: Où que vous soyez, #RestezALaMaison !
Lien de visionnage: Ce sera sur Youtube et sous-titré en français, anglais et espagnol.
Le lien Youtube sera révélé le jour même au matin (9h en Haïti) sur la page Facebook du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement en Haïti! Vous pourrez visionner le film à votre convenance en cliquant sur ce lien durant toute la journée.
Sabe o que significa a *Década da Restauração*?
Não tem problema não saber, esse LIVE é para isso mesmo.
Não perca o bate-papo que quer iniciar um movimento de transformar o tema numa agenda coletiva, saindo do campo técnico e indo para a vida das pessoas e das empresas. Participarão Claudia Girotti, colunista de sustentabilidade da Agenda Carioca, Aline Zapp, assessora de imprensa corporativa, e Rafael Franco, biólogo marinho do Aquario Marinho do Rio. Não perca!
Essa programação faz parte da Semana Mundial do Meio Ambiente ?
?️ 05/06 - Sexta-feira
? In view of #WorldEnvironmentDay (and of the official reopening of @casamarialuigia !), follow our President @laratgilmore around the gardens of this beautiful b&b in the Emilian countryside as she shows us how we can learn, share and act for Nature. . . ? The choices we make when it comes to what we eat have a ripple effect, not only on ourselves and our loved ones, but also on the planet, its biodiversity and our communities. Choosing to eat healthy, local and in-season could be the most revolutionary act for ourselves and for the Earth. . . ? While the Earth’s biodiversity is so rich that many species have yet to be discovered, many species are being threatened with extinction due to human activities, putting the Earth’s magnificent biodiversity at risk. This World Environment Day, let's do our part to allow nature to heal and ensure a better and healthier future for the planet and for our communities. . Visit www.worldenvironmentday.global to find out more and support our Refettorios and Social Tables around the world in their efforts to create a more sustainable food system for all (link in bio). #ForNature @unep
Food for Soul, co-founded by Italian chef Massimo Bottura, is an organization that fights food waste through social inclusion.
No te pierdas el conversatorio por la Semana del Medio Ambiente, hoy, a las 04:00 PM (Peru y Colombia) 17:00 (Manaus), en vivo por el canal de YouTube SDSN Amazonía.
SDSN Amazonía, junto a PNUMA Brasil, compartirá las experiencias de AMPA, SINCHI, PNUD y FAS sobre la biodiversidad amazónica en el contexto de la pandemia.
Karina Pinasco, AMPA (Peru);
Marco Ehrlich, SINCHI (Colombia);
Victor Salviati, FAS (Brasil);
Carolina Ramírez, SDNS Amazônia.
O Instituto Lixo Zero promoverá um bate-papo hoje sobre Alternativas ao plástico no mundo corporativo. A transmissão faz parte de uma série de atividades que a organização está promovendo, em parceria com o PNUMA, nesta semana do meio ambiente.
A conversa conta com a participação de Anderson Gasparin e Rafael Kissel, e será realizada às 19h, no aplicativo Zoom. Para receber o link de participação, é necessário enviar uma mensagem para o número de WhatsApp: (48) 9 8857-2661.
Acompanhe ao vivo e fique pode dentro.
"Efeitos das mudanças climáticas sobre os oceanos" é o tema do debate que o Projeto Coral Vivo promoverá hoje, às 19h.
A Oficial Sênior de Programas do Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente (PNUMA), Regina Cavini, conversará com o Oceanógrafo e Coordenador de Pesquisas da projeto, Miguel Mies.
A transmissão será feita na conta do Instagram do Coral Vivo. Acompanhe em tempo real!
O Instituto Alana convida para uma reflexão sobre a realidade em que estamos e o mundo que desejamos construir de agora em diante.
Em um bate-papo virtual, hoje, às 17h, o ex-presidente do ICMBIO e especialista em áreas naturais, Claudio Maretti, e a pesquisadora do Instituto Alana Bebel Barros, debaterão sobre Infâncias urbanas, áreas protegidas e o contato com a natureza.
Para participar e acompanhar ao vivo, basta acessar a conta no Instagram Criança e Natureza. Não perca!
Hoje é dia de entender melhor o que é um BioParque e como ele funciona #PelaNatureza!
Em uma live em seu canal no YouTube, às 14h, o BioParque do Rio promoverá um diálogo com o seu Diretor Operacional, Fernando Menezes, o Diretor Institucional e de Sustentabilidade do Grupo Cataratas, Fernando Sousa, e o biólogo Responsável Técnico Claudio Maas.
Além de bater um papo com o público, os convidados também responderão perguntas e dúvidas.
Acesse o canal no YouTube do BioParque do Rio e acompanhe ao vivo: youtube.com/bioparquedorio
What: The Time #ForNature Youth Video campaign by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Lion’s Share Fund, and other UN partners invites young people to raise their #ForNature.
Find more information here.
What: The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on International Conservation is to conduct an inquiry into the links between the commercial trade and consumption of wildlife and disease outbreaks like COVID-19, SARS, HIV, and Ebola and to consider steps the United Kingdom can take to prevent future pandemics.
The panel-style discussion will have two sessions with moderated Q&A led by British MPs.
When: 4 June 2020; Session 1: 1600 - 1655 | Session 2: 1700 - 1800
Watch via YouTube Livestream.
What: Join UNEP executive director Inger Andersen, Young Champion of the Earth, Louise Mabulo and author of Compassion in World Farming, Philip J Lymbery in a conversation and demonstration about sustainable cacao, which touches on how farming and biodiversity are interlinked.
Watch this fascinating online meet-up and cooking demonstration!
Neste ano, o Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente, em 5 de junho, simboliza a oportunidade de repensarmos a nossa relação com a natureza. Com este objetivo, o Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente (PNUMA) se une ao Museu do Amanhã para promover dois eventos virtuais repletos de ideias, trocas e inspirações nos dias 4 e 5 de junho.
O bate-papo “Hora da Natureza: reflexões sobre o amanhã” reunirá Rosiska Darcy, Sebastião Salgado e Fábio Scarano para uma conversa de alto nível sobre meio ambiente, ser humano e os futuros possíveis que desejamos construir. A live será transmitida pelo You Tube das duas organizações na quinta-feira (4), às 16 horas.
Confira! - youtube.com/YOUTUBEBRASIL
What: Private sector webinar addressing the challenges of climate mitigation and adaptation and the local & international finance opportunities available to Tanzanian stakeholders
When: June 4, 2020 02:00 PM in Nairobi
Join via this link.
— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) June 4, 2020
What: Enjoy a virtual garden tour of 9th Street Community Garden in the East Village of New York City. NYC Parks will live stream this garden tour by GreenThumb garden member, Laurie Olinder, as part of the UN World Environment Day.
When: 4 June 2020; 12.00 EST | 12.15 EST
Find more information here.
El Gobierno de Colombia ha preparado una agenda de alto nivel para celebrar el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente el próximo viernes 5 de junio a través de las plataformas digitales.
La jornada será inaugurada por el Presidente de Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, el Ministro de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de Colombia, Ricardo Lozano, la Directora Ejecutiva del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente, Inger Andersen, el Presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Luis Alberto Moreno, el Fundador y CEO del Foro Económico Mundial, Klaus Schwab, el Presidente y CEO del Instituto de Recursos Mundiales, Andrew Steer, la ex Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático Christiana Figueres, otros invitados especiales, y contará con un mensaje del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, António Guterres.
Una serie de paneles con oradores de alto nivel analizarán cómo poner la conservación de la naturaleza en el centro del modelo de desarrollo. Se abordará el rol crucial de la Amazonía para la resiliencia de nuestro planeta, el uso sostenible de la biodiversidad, los vínculos entre la diversidad biológica y la pandemia de COVID-19 y otros asuntos clave para “reconstruir mejor” en la era pos-COVID-19.
Fecha y hora: 5 de junio, 7:30 a 17:00 horas (GMT-5)
What: Biodiversity is a key component to building a sustainable future for all. Join Adenike Oladosu & Elizaberth Wathuti on #ClimateWednesday as we commemorate #WorldEnvironmentDay covering "Why Biodiversity Matters: People & Planet"
When: 3PM GMT+1
What: Youth webinar hosted by GIZ and UNEP, featuring youth representatives and other renowned speakers
When: June 3rd from 11AM to 12:30PM
Join via this link.
What: We will be designing a virtual escape room where participants can come in as an individual or the group. They will have to solve different environmental riddles to escape the room. We will portray the room as earth. If participants make any mistake (potentially does something that's against saving the biodiversity), the room (earth) will turn darker which signifies pollution and plastics. We will be broadcasting the games live for a wider audience to engage and watch.
Online Event Location can be found on this Facebook link.
Seis líderes religiosos de distintas creencias, convocados por la Iniciativa Interreligiosa para los Bosques Tropicales, participan hoy en un seminario web sobre la deforestación y la preservación de los bosques de Colombia, el país anfitrión del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente 2020.
El Diálogo Interreligioso por los Bosques: Unidos para poner fin a la deforestación en Colombia abordará este desafío crucial para la conservación de la biodiversidad y analizará cómo los distintos grupos de fe pueden ayudar a cimentar una nueva relación de nuestra sociedad con la naturaleza.
Fecha y hora: 3 de junio, 15:00 horas (GMT-5).
Registro y conexión: Vía zoom. ID: 842 0363 8926 - Contraseña: 363310
What: For World Environment Day, AIESEC focuses this week's podcast on the topic of sustainability. The aim is to showcase how young leaders utilise their ideas and entrepreneurs skills to create innovative solutions for building more sustainable communities.
In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, our guest on this episode is Omar Itani. He was recognised as a Young Champion of the Earth by the UN Environment Programme for his brilliant efforts in reducing clothing waste in Beirut, Lebanon.
What: The theme for World Environment Day, 5 June 2020 is biodiversity – a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world. One million plant and animal species risk extinction, largely due to human activities. Young people are the future, and the decisions made now will determine the kind of world you will inherit. Increasingly, you are making your voices heard with real impact. Young people have a role to play in preventing biodiversity loss and preserving nature for our future. If we are to change
the course of destruction, we must first LEARN about what we can do; SHARE that knowledge with our communities on World Environment Day; and once it is safe to do so, ACT on the things we need to change.
JOIN US AS WE LEARN, SHARE & ACT!
When: 4 June 2020; 14.00 - 16.00 EAT
El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA), junto con el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) en Paraguay, organizan un seminario web con expertos para analizar los vínculos entre la biodiversidad, el cambio climático, la producción alimentaria y sus relaciones con las enfermedades zoonóticas como la COVID-19.
Participarán María Elena Zaccagnini, miembro de la fuerza de tarea sobre herramientas y políticas del Panel Intergubernamental Científico-Normativa sobre Diversidad Biológica y Servicios de los Ecosistemas (IPBES), Hivy Ortíz Chour, coordinadora del Programa de Campo de la FAO, y Santiago Carrizosa, asesor del PNUD sobre la conservación de la biodiversidad y el acceso a recursos genéticos.
Fecha y hora: 5 de junio, 12:00 horas (GMT-4)
Más información: bit.ly/2Mn0TRT
Una manera simple y divertida de celebrar la biodiversidad en este #DíaMundialDelMedioAmbiente es ayudar a amplificar el mensaje de respeto y protección a la naturaleza a través de stickers en WhatsApp.
El Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de Colombia ha preparado estos creativos stickers en torno al combate al tráfico ilegal de especies, el cuarto crimen más lucrativo a nivel global.
¡Utilízalos y ayuda a que el mensaje llegue a más personas!
El tráfico ilegal de especies provoca un aumento en el riesgo de transmisión de enfermedades de los animales a las personas, al burlar controles sanitarios y de bioseguridad.
Es clave que los Estados desarrollen economías basadas en vida silvestre de manera sostenible, de modo que salvaguarden los hábitats y garanticen que se obtengan beneficios justos para los principales custodios: las personas que coexisten con la vida silvestre.
¡Celebra la naturaleza desde casa a través del cine ?! El 5 de junio #DíaMundialDelMedioAmbiente el Suncine - Festival Internacional de Cine del Medio Ambiente y el #PNUMA lanzan una muestra en línea de documentales ambientales para inspirar el amor #PorLaNaturaleza. Mira la programación: bit.ly/2As7asM #QuédateEnCasa
Posted by Programa ONU Medio Ambiente on Monday, June 1, 2020
Del 5 al 8 de junio el Festival SUNCINE y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente lanzarán una muestra en línea de documentales ambientales para apoyar la campaña #PorLaNaturaleza del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente.
En la pantalla de la web del festival se proyectarán diariamente las siguientes películas documentales, gracias a la inestimable colaboración de los autores y realizadores.
"El Viaje de Unai" de Andoni Canela.
"El Secreto del Bosque" de Antonio Grundfeld.
"Hondar 2050" de Cesare Maglioni.
"Olas Blancas" de Inka Reichert.
Mira la programación aquí: bit.ly/2As7asM
The Great Animal Orchestra, commissioned by the Cartier Foundation, is an online installation available in French, English and Spanish.
Described as a sound sculpture, or eco-installation, the installation places animal sounds with visual representations, in the form of color-coded, abstract “spectrograms” as conceived by the British collective United Visual Artists (UVA).
Combining aesthetics and technology, the show offers an audio-visual immersion into the sounds of nature, and a sound and visual meditation on the necessity of preserving the beauty of the animal world.
For almost 50 years, Bernie Krause has collected over 5,000 hours of recordings of natural habitats and species globally. He is passionate about these “soundscapes". London-based studio United Visual Artists (UVA) imagined a visual translation of Bernie Krause’s soundscapes, allowing to listen to sounds and visualize them simultaneously. They designed a 3-D electronic installation provides a journey through 7 territories recorded by Bernie Krause.
Listen to this Great Animal Orchestra by visiting this link.
What: Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone along with their small film crew spent more than four years in Tsavo National Park, Kenya to capture the story of "The Elephant Queen" before its global release last year. Join speakers to discuss how the filmmakers changed hearts and minds with the film, scaling efforts globally, but creating conservation and educational impact locally on the ground through strategic efforts and private and public partnerships that educate and inform those who can best protect the elephants and their habitats — Kenya’s engaged citizens, educators, conservationists and policy-makers making a difference.
Speakers: Dr Paula Kahumbu, Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble and Etienne Oliff
When: 5 June 2020; 20.30 EAT via Zoom – Register here.
To celebrate World Environment Day:
What: World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June every year, is the United Nations flagship day for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our environment. The theme for World Environment Day this year is ‘Biodiversity’, which provides the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development. To mark the occasion, the UNEP New York Office is hosting a special online briefing focusing on policy and actions to protect nature and sustainable use of resources it provides.
H.E. Amb. Guillermo Fernández de Soto
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Colombia to the United Nations
H.E. Amb. Christoph Heusgen
Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
H.E. Amb. Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations
Pavan Sukhdev, President of WWF International (moderator)
Jennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy
M. Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International
Patricia Velásquez, Hollywood Actor and Organization of American States (OAS) Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
What: Over 25 renowned sustainability leaders, environmentalists, researchers, specialists on health, botanic conservation, resource management, sustainable agriculture, and building from around the world will give talks and breakout sessions at the virtual summit on sustainability on the World Environment Day.
The online event, hosted by Green Institute, Nigeria, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Qatar Foundation), and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network will cover a range of topics such as biodiversity conservation, infectious diseases, sustainable agriculture, sustainable building, urban innovation, minimal living, eco-feminism, waste management, renewable energy, green education, etc.
It will present speakers from international organizations of the US, Canada, Nigeria, France, Qatar, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Switzerland, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and others. The keynote speaker is Jeffrey D. Sachs (SDSN), named twice by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential world leaders and ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
The event will also feature a virtual book launch of The Principles of Green and Sustainability Science (Springer, 2020) written by Adenike Akinsemolu, founder of the Green Institute. It is one of the first texts examining sustainability issues in Africa, offering a detailed and step-by-step guide to understanding sustainability, highlighting the successful cases in Africa and the world.
Join this global event and learn from successful cases and technologies for achieving Environmental Sustainability.
When: Friday, June 5 | 07:00 AM - 11:59 PM GMT
Find more information here.
What: It’s time to Run #ForNature this World Environment Day. A new Instagram and Facebook “endless runner” game gives you the chance to virtually save endangered species as you run and swim through three different environments.
Choose your animal hero: the orangutan, sea turtle or polar bear. Tilt your head and avoid the obstacles which harm the habitats of those species. Each obstacle you avoid, you save another endangered species from that ecosystem. You’ll be dodging obstacles such as bulldozers, traps, ghost nets, marine litter and melting icebergs that are real-life threats to the endangered species in the game.
You can challenge your friends to Run #ForNature by sharing personalised photos and videos of your high scores to your Stories. Personalize your message by adding text, drawings and stickers, and even include a link or mention others before sharing to their Instagram or Facebook Stories. Run #ForNature can be found at @UNEP’s Instagram and Facebook pages or click here to get started.
When: 1 June 2020
What: The Major Group of Children and Youth to UN Environment Programme is organising a youth-led Virtual Youth Environment Assembly (YEA), with the aim of mainstreaming diverse voices from youth movements in the environmental and climate agenda.
In the midst of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the YEA will provide space for children and youth to report on how young people are coping with COVID-19, adjusting to the changed modalities of environmental action, interact with ministers, high-level guests, take part in capacity building exercises - as we head into a #BuildBackBetter phase from the pandemic. The 6th June specifically is a day focused on children engagement. The outcomes of the Assembly will feed into the inter-governmental and other processes in the coming months, more specifically to the fifth UN Environment Assembly.
The number of spots is limited and all are invited to register before 2 June 2020; 13.00 UTC
When: 3 June 2020; 14.00 - 17.45 UTC | 4 June 2020; 12.00 - 15.20 UTC | 5 June 2020; 11.30 - 15.30 UTC | 6 June 2020; 14:45 - 16:30 UTC
More information here.
Desde las aguas del archipiélago Juan Fernández, en Chile, uno de los lugares más prístinos de la Tierra, el músico español hizo un llamado al mundo a unirse al movimiento #PorLaNaturaleza en este #DíaMundialDelMedioAmbiente. “La Madre Tierra nos está esperando”, dijo.
Explora la rica biodiversidad del archipiélago junto a Bosé en el video que ha preparado y que incluye música original del Colectivo Pangea, integrado por músicos de su banda. Ver el video en Instagram.
El Programa de la ONU para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) y el Gobierno de Puebla organizan un debate con expertos el próximo 5 de junio para explorar las distintas formas en las que la diversidad biológica sustenta la vida en el planeta.
Participarán el titular de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales del Gobierno de México, Víctor Manuel Toledo Manzur, el Gobernador del Estado de Puebla, Miguel Barbosa Huerta, el Coordinador Residente de la ONU en México, Antonio Molpeceres, la Representante del PNUMA en México, Dolores Barrientos Alemán, el Presidente de la Comisión de Medio Ambiente, Sustentabilidad, Cambio Climático y Recursos Naturales de la Cámara de Diputados, Roberto Rubio Montejo, Presidente de la Comisión de Medio Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Cambio Climático del Senado de la República, Raúl Bolaños-Cacho Cué y la Secretaria de Medio Ambiente, Desarrollo Sustentable y Ordenamiento Territorial de Puebla, Beatriz Manrique Guevara.
Los detalles de conexión serán compartidos en la página de Facebook del PNUMA en México.
What: Among Ghana’s prominent youth influencers and leaders, Free The Youth is invited to join UNEP Creative Supporter for the Economy, Roberta Annan, in an interactive quiz competition to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of biodiversity particularly in pandemics like COVID-19.
Stand a chance to win a delivery of Avignon Chocolates and a customised Free The Youth T-shirt by doing the following:
Winners will be randomly selected on 4 June 2020 on Instagram.
Find more information here.
Press Release by the City of Montreal on May 21st, 2020.
Valérie Plante, mayor of Montréal, happily announced that this vibrant city is the host for this years World Environment Day on June 5th.
“Montréal is proud to be the North American host city of this year’s World Environment Day. It is a valuable token of recognition of our consistent efforts to promote environmental protection, the preservation of biodiversity on our territory, and our action towards the ecological transition. This recognition does, however, bestow a major responsibility upon Montréal: that of conveying the message locally, nationally and internationally, that urgent action is required to preserve biodiversity in our increasingly urbanized world. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as we are being forced to rethink our rapport with nature, and as climate change and the loss of biodiversity are becoming a real concern, cities must take concrete action, along with society as whole, because their residents aspire to greener surroundings. By taking action to protect the environment and biodiversity, as well as by presenting creating a greater balance between the natural and built environments, we can improve the quality of life of current and future generations, all while preserving our natural environment,” stated Mayor Valérie Plante.
“Nowhere is this year’s World Environment Day theme ‘Time for Nature’ better exemplified than in Montréal, the North American host city for 2020,” said Barbara Hendrie, Director, North America for the United Nations Environment Programme. “Montréal has an impressive and long tradition of environmental care and innovative use of nature-based solutions with it’s leader, Mayor Valérie Plante, a staunch defender of sustainable urban development “.
“Montréal is a shining example in the North American region of sustainable urban development and is engagement across local, regional and international networks to promote the protection of nature. As the host city for our headquarters, we benefit greatly from this and are very proud to have our Secretariat here in Montreal,” said
Richard Morgan, Executive Director, North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
“The World Environment Day is also an opportunity to reflect, to raise awareness and to mobilize society to take action for the protection of nature and biodiversity, the importance of which we also highlight during the International Day for Biodiveristy, celebrated on May 22. Let’s take the time to think collectively, to take action individually, and to act globally for our environment. I invite all citizens, civilian organizations and municipal governments both in North America and worldwide, to take immediate action and make concrete commitments to protect the environment and biodiversity,” concluded Mayor Valérie Plante.
For more information, visit this link.
What: A conversation about the power of personal choice and the long-lasting impacts we can have on our planet.
When: Wednesday 27 May 2020; 9:30 PM IST
Speakers: UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassadors, Dia Mirza and Adrian Grenier.
Event link here.
Earth, humanity and nature are inextricably interconnected. To restore us all back to health, we need to "rewild" the world, says environmental activist Kristine Tompkins. Tracing her life from Patagonia CEO to passionate conservationist, she shares how she has helped to establish national parks across millions of acres of land (and sea) in South America -- and discusses the critical role we all have to play to heal the planet. "We have a common destiny," she says. "We can flourish or we can suffer, but we're going to be doing it together."
Watch her full Ted talk here.
by Kristine Tompkins
As the new Coronavirus sweeps the planet, leaving suffering, loss, and uncertainty in its wake, we are reminded that this is not the first global pandemic and likely not the last. We are called to respond on many levels, to act collectively to end the global health crisis. When our global community can collectively move toward recovery, we would be remiss not to consider the other, less obvious, aspects of this crisis. Our long-term response must include our stewardship of each other and our relationship with the earth.
Throughout human history we have had a buffer zone from deadly diseases like Covid-19: extensive tracts of undisturbed nature. By razing forests and destroying other natural habitats and by replacing native species with domestic and invasive species, we have displaced these pathogens from their natural hosts and created a shortcut for them into human populations. We have seen it in the Amazon basin, where the decimation of the forest has led to a sharp rise in malaria cases. SARS, Ebola and bird flu are other examples.
Each of us, directly or indirectly, has experienced the havoc unleashed on society by the destruction of nature. But what about the suffering within the natural world? One million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, due in large part to a loss of natural habitat. Humans have severely altered 75% of land on the planet, and 66% of oceans, according to the report IPCC, 2019: Climate Change and Land. It is chilling to think that only a quarter of this planet remains intact for the other species which inhabit it. If the Earth were our savings account, we would be on the brink of bankruptcy.
It’s clear that we need to address this trend, both for the sake of the non-human world and our own. In these days of quarantine, photographs have been making the rounds of the Internet: pumas prowling a gated neighborhood in Santiago, Chile, and coyotes on the loose in San Francisco. Our first reaction is to applaud these appearances as a sign of nature coming back. However, I suspect that our wild counterparts have long been there, unseen on the fringes, searching for a place in the territory that they have lost. Perhaps the only difference now is that the world has become still enough to pay attention.
Let’s move the conversation to actions we can take to safeguard the natural world, and help restore ecosystems to be whole and functioning. We can only achieve ecological balance when the native species that have gone missing are restored. The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone showed us the positive influence one species can have on its environment. There are also cautionary tales: take away opossums in North America, and suddenly tick populations and Lyme disease balloon out of control.
We can help nature heal by rewilding the Earth. At Tompkins Conservation, we have spent several decades working to create national parks. With communities, individuals and governments we’ve helped protect 14.5 million acres in Argentina and southern Chile. Yet, this has only served as a beginning. Our teams are now working to establish new populations of native species in the places where they have gone extinct. In southern Chile, flocks of Darwin’s rhea are returning to the grasslands. In the Ibera wetlands of Northeast Argentina, once-extinct red and green macaws, giant river otters and jaguars are amongst those coming back.
The mass recovery of ecosystems can also reestablish the life-supporting functions they provide, including clean air, unpolluted water and healthy soils. The temporary reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has shown us that it is possible to take the necessary steps to live differently, with more intent, to achieve a better quality of life. We have the opportunity to return equilibrium to the planet. Perhaps we can take this hiatus from normal life, which comes at a terrible price, to understand that a new normal is required.
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is the president and co-founder of Tompkins Conservation and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. For over twenty-five years, she has committed her career to protecting and restoring Chile and Argentina’s wild beauty and biodiversity by creating national parks, restoring wildlife, inspiring activism, and fostering economic vitality as a result of conservation. In 2018 she was named the United Nations’ Global Patron for Protected Areas. For more information see www.tompkinsconservation.org or visit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Cities house the majority of people living on the planet today and consume around 75 per cent of the resources that come from nature. Cities have a huge role to play in preserving the planet’s finite resources and providing services for people.
This year, UNEP asks #cities to LEARN, SHARE & ACT #ForNature to take part in World Environment Day 2020.
ICLEI and CitieswithNature have collected useful resources for cities and local authorities on how they can get involved.
Nearly 3 years after Kenya’s monumental ban on plastic bags, Kenya is set to ban the use of single-use plastics in national parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas. The ban, officially launching on World Environment Day June 5th, prohibits visitors from carrying plastic water bottles, disposable plates and cups, cutlery, and straws into protected areas, with the aim of curbing the growing plastic pollution.
The Flipflopi, the world’s first sailing boat (“dhow”) made entirely from plastic waste collected from towns and beaches in Kenya wholeheartedly supports the ban. The Flipflopi and its supporters are now calling for East African Community to continue to work together to reduce single use plastics with the region.
“The preservation of our environment is tied to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of future generations. This ban is yet another first in addressing the plastic pollution catastrophe facing Kenya and the world, and we hope that it catalyses similar policies and actions from the East African community.” Said Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife.
The ban comes into effect this World Environment Day whose theme is biodiversity and comes at a time when it has never been more urgent to protect nature from the catastrophic decay and deterioration that has been caused by human action.
For more information, please contact: Davina Ngei: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: June 5th, 2020 at 17:00 CEST
What: The Beethoven Pastoral Project, an initiative by the BTHVN2020, with UN Climate Change, ICLEI and Earth Day, is dedicated to promoting action on climate change and the environment in this 250th anniversary year of Beethoven's birth. We invite artists, musicians and creatives from around the world to join in a call for a world where humanity can again live in harmony with Nature.
The Artists Declaration will be found and “signed” here.
The Declaration will be formally launched during a livestream Pastoral event on 5 June 2020. The Declaration will be presented to the world’s governments, through Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, later this year.
The livestream event will be produced and directed by Deutsche Welle. It will encompass interviews, video clips, musical performances, the premiere of a movie by Deutsche Welle, and more. Find more information here.
New York City may be one of the globe's most renowned urban destinations, but the five boroughs also offer plenty of natural-world splendour. To celebrate World Environment Day, NYC & Company, the city's official convention and visitors bureau and destination management organization, has curated a series of virtual experiences that showcase NYC's outdoor wonders.
See what the animals are up to at the Bronx Zoo; immerse yourself in the beauty of Central Park; and explore the underwater spectacle of the New York Aquarium.
Visit their website for hundreds of other ways to connect with your favourite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now.
How can we better understand human diversity in order to preserve biodiversity, get closer to nature and orient our future actions?
This question will be addressed at first by Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montréal, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Barbara Hendrie, Director for North America, United Nations Environment Program, Richard Morgan, Executive Director, Commission for Environmental Cooperationand Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Director of Space for Life.
Tune in from 9:00AM – 12:00PM (Montreal) on 5 June 2020.
For more info here.
NYC Parks GreenThumb is USA's largest urban garden program, with over 600 gardens and thousands of community gardeners throughout New York City. To support World Environment Day, they will be hosting a series of online events from June 1-7 including 2 webinars.
Webinar: The NYC EcoFlora Project and Community Gardens
When: Wednesday 3 June 2020; 12:00-13:00 EST
Event link here.
Virtual Panel: Climate Resilience in Community Gardens
When: Friday 5 June 2020; 13:00-14:00 EST
Event link here.
Did you know that there is only one global ocean? Historically, there are four named ocean basins: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic, but the Ocean is still a single body covering 140 million square miles, some 72 per cent of the earth's surface.
To promote Ocean Literacy in the build up to World Oceans Day on 08 June, UNESCO has launched a video series.
What: The launch of the Living Chapel, this World Environment Day is hosted by the Rome Botanical Garden, and will be attended by the UN programs and organisations that are partners with the Living Chapel: FAO, Mountain Partnership, Faith for Earth of UNEP and UNRIC. The Living Chapel is inspired by the UN 2030 Agenda and the Pope Francis Laudato si’ encyclical, with its message to care for nature by inspiring and educating all people to actively protect our common home.
When: 5 June 2020, 17:00 -18.30 CEST
The meeting will be broadcast virtually with only a few speakers physically present at the Botanical Garden. The online audience will include youth, academics, environmental activists, UN colleagues, diplomats, Mountain Partnership members and media.
To watch the proceeding please watch on Facebook here.
For more info: https://livingchapel.com/
Looking to test your climate knowledge? We've got just the ticket: Connect4Climate have devised a series of climate-themed crossword puzzles. The puzzles will come out once a month and can be found via this link.
These crosswords are a part of the #ClimateQuiz series that are fun and challenging in equal measure. The June puzzle will have a biodiversity theme in support of UNEP's World Environment Day.
Connect4Climate is a global partnership program launched by the World Bank Group and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, that takes on climate change by supporting ambitious leadership, promoting transformative solutions and empowering collective action.
Connect4Climate has launched a brand-new collective poem. Individual lines of poetry contributed by a global online audience are collated to form a unified reflection on why it’s time #ForNature. The poem is created through various social media channels and the posts can be found via the links below in order to contribute. The final poem, curated by poet and multi-media artist Ahmed Badr, will be released on World Environment Day, June 5.
Find the Instagram post here.
Find the Twitter post here.
In the spirit of harnessing the power of art to inspire environmental action, the 16th edition of the International Poster Biennial of Mexico and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) invite artists all over the world to submit their artworks on biodiversity before 15 June 2020.
For the past 30 years, around 70,000 posters from five continents have been submitted to this exhibition, which takes place in Mexico City.
This year, the contest’s environmental category supports the World Environment Day campaign #ForNature, which calls for urgent action to protect biodiversity.
Video can be watched by clicking here.
More information can be found by clicking here.
Con el objetivo de aprovechar el poder del arte para inspirar la acción ambiental, la décima sexta Bienal Internacional del Cartel en México y el Programa de la ONU para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) llaman a artistas de todo el mundo a presentar sus carteles sobre biodiversidad antes del 15 de junio de 2020.
Durante los últimos 30 años, alrededor de 70.000 carteles procedentes de los cinco continentes se han presentado a este concurso, que se realiza en la Ciudad de México.
Este año, la categoría ambiental del concurso apoya la campaña #PorLaNaturaleza del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, un llamado urgente a la acción global para proteger la biodiversidad.
Más información: https://bit.ly/2ARE32n
To celebrate International Biological Diversity Day you are invited to a webinar themed, Solving Crisis: Ecosystem-based Solutions to Biodiversity Loss and Links to COVID 19 Pandemic, as we plan to build back better through natural solutions.
Apart from effects on human health, COVID-19 has hit at a time where nature-based solutions were on the rise. 2020 was meant to be a year to ramp up our decade of action on ecosystem and biodiversity efforts. While we wait to flatten the curve, we still have to steer through biodiversity and the environmental consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
When: 22 May 2020 at 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (USA and Canada) and 15:30 (in UTC) via Zoom - Register here
More info here
To mark International Day of Biodiversity on 22 May 2020, ART 2030 will feature Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas work.
More info about: #ArtforaHealthyPlanet
ART 2030 is running a major campaign over the course of this year called #ArtforaHealthyPlanet, focusing on action for climate, environment, and biodiversity. This campaign will have a special emphasis on Earth Day, International Day of Biodiversity, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day and more.
ART 2030 works with art as the key to achieve the UN Global Goals by opening people's hearts, minds and imagination - to inspire action for a healthy and sustainable future.
For more information: www.ART2030.org
In April 2020 over 1.5 billion children were unable to go to school. Over fifty environmental and education experts, with the guidance and support of TED-Ed and UNEP, collaborated to launch #EarthSchool on 22 April.
EarthSchool shows off the wonder and mystery of our planet to children through a 30 day immersive environmental adventure.
What can we learn from termites about air conditioning? How can we partner with wolves to prevent soil erosion? This interactive adventure will leave you marveling at our planet and ready to take on the future.
Find out more here.
What: Valérie Plante, the Mayor of the City of Montréal and the ICLEI Global Ambassador for Local Biodiversity, released a letter for cities to reflect on their relationship with nature ahead of the International Day of Biodiversity and World Environment Day (WED). Montréal is the North American WED host city.
The letter is a call to action for mayors and leaders of local and sub-national governments to make commitments to protect nature, especially in post-COVID-19 recovery plans. The letter highlights ways leaders can take strong action to create healthy cities where people and nature can thrive harmoniously. About 2,000 Mayors and local community leaders received it.
The letter is available in English, French and Spanish.
More info can be found via this link.
What: 13th annual Eco-generation Environmental Essay competition.
When: NOW until deadline September 2nd, 2020
More details on the competition and submission can be found here.
Join the #ForestChallenge today!
Post an image with your friends, family, or colleagues with forests and trees. Join the photo contest and reconnect with nature. Cities4Forests commits to planting 1 tree for each of the first 2,000 images posted on Facebook and Instagram.
For more info click on this link.
The photo contest starts 22 April - on #EarthDay in partnership with the Earthday network - and runs through 5 June - World Environment Day (#ForNature) with the winners to be announced on 29 June - International Day of the Tropics.
What: Webinar for the joint celebrations of International Day for Biological Diversity and World Environment Day. It covers biodiversity, traditional knowledge, and science - bridging traditional knowledge and science for biodiversity conservation in Africa. The webinar includes presentations by 4 speakers and is organized the the UNEP Addis Ababa Liaison Office.
Join webinar via this link - log in at least 20 minutes before the meeting
When: 20th May from 11:30 to 13:30 (GMT+3)