Theme for Year 2012“Green Economy: Does itinclude you?”
World Environment Day 2012World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June in morethan 100 countries. World Environment Day (WED) was establishedby the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.WED is hostedevery year by a different city and commemorated with aninternational exposition through the week of June 5. The UnitedNations Environment Programme (UNEP), also created in 1972, usesWED to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhancepolitical attention and public action.
World Environment Day 2012The theme for 2012 is “GreenEconomy: Does it includeyou?”Combating climate change and preservingecosystems services that underpin oureconomies is an issue for everyone. Everyindividual’s efforts, no matter how small,can contribute to the sustainabledevelopment of our economies andcommunities around the world.
How we can Celebrate the Day……………….World Environment Day is a people’s event with colorful activities suchas street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and postercompetitions in schools, tree planting as well as recycling and clean-upcampaigns.World Environment Day is also a multi-media event, which inspiresthousands of journalists to write and report enthusiastically and criticallyon the environment. It is a visual event for those who organize andparticipate in seminars, roundtable meetings and symposia.On this day, individuals, non-governmental organizations, communityand youth groups, business, industry and the media organize activities torenew their commitments to protect and develop the environment. Theyorganize activities such as clean-up campaigns, tree planting, colorfulstreet rallies, green concerts, essay and photo competitions in schools, andrecycling efforts.
What is climate change……………….Climate change is any long-term change in the patterns of averageweather of a specific region or the Earth as a whole. Climate changereflects abnormal variations to the Earths climate and subsequenteffects on other parts of the Earth
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -1Travel light. Walk or bike instead ofdriving a car. Cars and trucks run on fossilfuels, which release carbon dioxide intothe atmosphere. In the United States,automobiles produce over 20 percent oftotal carbon emissions. Walk or bike andyou?ll save one pound of carbon for everymile you travel.
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -2 Tip -2 Teleconference instead of flying. For office meetings, if you can telephone or videoconference, you will save time, money, and carbon emissions. Airplanes pump carbon emissions high into the atmosphere, producing 12 percent of transportation sector emissions.
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -3 Tip -3See the light. Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs. These energy-efficient bulbs help fightclimate change because they reduce theamount of fossil fuels that utilities burn. Youwill save 100 pounds of carbon for eachincandescent bulb that you replace with acompact fluorescent, over the life of the bulb. .
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -4 Tip -4Recycle and use recycled products. Productsmade from recycled paper, glass, metal andplastic reduce carbon emissions because theyuse less energy to manufacture than productsmade from completely new materials. Forinstance, youll save two pounds of carbon forevery 20 glass bottles that you recycle.Recycling paper also saves trees and lets themcontinue to reduce climate change naturally asthey remain in the forest, where they removecarbon from the atmosphere.
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -5 Tip -5 Plant native trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and use it as their energy source, producing oxygen for us to breathe. A tree in the temperate zone ? found between the tropics and the polar circles? can remove and store 700 to 7,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime. A tree that shades a house can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime.
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -6 Tip -6 Turn down the heat. Heating and air conditioning draw more than half of the energy that a home uses in the United States. Turn down the heat or air conditioning when you leave the house or go to bed. You can easily install a programmable thermostat that can save up money and carbon.
Easy things to combat climate change……… Tip -7 Tip -7 Buy renewable energy. Electricity generation produces 40 percent of carbon emissions from the United States. A growing number of utilities generate electricity from renewable energy sources with solar panels, windmills and other technologies. If your utility offers renewable energy, buy it. If not, send them a message asking for clean energy.