Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 17, 2010

This is an initiative of the United Nations to highlight the importance to prevent desertification and drought. These phenomenons are primarily caused by human activity and climate variations (Greenhouse effect) and affect the biodiversity of the soils. That’s why this Day fits perfectly in this year’s campaign for biodiversity as 2010 has been proclaimed the International Year dedicated to Biodiversity.

This year’s slogan is “Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere”. Activities are organized all around the world today. For more information visit the UN Convention to Combat Desertification website.

There is also a UNCCD Facebook page.

Desertification

Drought

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Global Wind Day
June 15, 2010

The activities organized on Global Wind Day (wind farm open days, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, sporting contests, theatre shows…) are part of an awareness campaign for the promotion of wind energy. To get information on the activities organized in your country visit: http://www.globalwindday.org/index.php?id=6.

In the EU-quarter of Brussels you can check out a wind turbine blade in its actual size. Information panels placed nearby point out the benefits of wind power. Hear is a video of the installation of the blade:

There is also a European Wind Energy Association Facebook page.

For more information on Global Wind Day and the benefits of wind power, visit the Global Wind Day website.

World Brain Tumor Day – World Ocean Day
June 8, 2010

The commemoration, first initiated by the German Brain Tumor Association (the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.) in the year 2000, is held each year to show support for the patients diagnosed with a brain tumor and remember the people who lost their lives because of it. We can show our solidarity today by wearing a gray ribbon. For more info on this disease, for example the fact that brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children, visit the GBTA website: http://www.hirntumorhilfe.de/en/home/.

The gray ribbon

Today we also honor our planet’s oceans. They are essential because they regulate the climate, provide food and play an important role in international trade. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Our Oceans: Opportunities and Challenges”. An interesting website about this event is the World Ocean Network site: http://www.worldoceannetwork.org/EN/page-AGIR_ENSEMBLE-Journ__e_Mondiale_de_l_Oc__an-5-20.htm.

Oceans provide life underneath and above their surface.

World Environment Day
June 5, 2010

Established by the General Assembly in 1972, WED is a celebration to raise awareness of the environment and it’s vulnerability. It is also a call for political action.

This year’s theme is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.”

Disasters like the recent PB oil spill really shouldn’t be happening. For more info visit the WED website: http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/

The planet needs YOU to go green!

World Turtle Day
May 23, 2010

This special day dedicated to turtles is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue to encourage us all to have more respect for the endangered species and to take action to protect them and their environment.

For more info check out the organization’s website: http://www.tortoise.com/.

So cute!

International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22, 2010

This holiday, also known as ‘World Biodiversity Day’ was created by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of this year is “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation”.

Moreover, 2010 has been declared “International Year of Biodiversity” in which we are all invited to take action to safeguard the variety of life on earth.

For more info visit the website of the IYBD and the Convention on Biological Diversity:

http://www.cbd.int/2010/welcome/

http://www.cbd.int/idb/2010/.

Cute fishies swimming by a beautiful coral reef

Earth Day
April 22, 2010

Today it’s the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! It was created by US senator Nelson who wanted to make people aware of environmental issues.