World Environment Day 2014 – Raise your voice

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World Environment Day 2014 – Raise your voice………….not the sea level!

 

 

 

Climate Change

The global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm. (up to about 10 inches) over the last 100 years.

Sea level rise is attributable to global warming. Humanity’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are leading to changes in climatic patterns. The most harmful GHG emitted by human activity — carbon dioxide — accounts for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature in the past ten years.

When you save energy you reduce the use of fossil fuels –coal — oil and gas– the greatest source of human carbon dioxide output. Simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint—like turning off lights and appliances when not

in use, switching to compact fluorescents, carpooling or biking — can help. Find out more about how to take action.

Here are more facts:

Small island stories:
Micronesia Challenge: An Inspiring Movement
palau-koror_stuart-chape2In 2006, in the midst of increasing global threats such as climate change, the drastic decline of biodiversity and the extreme vulnerability of small island nations, Heads of Government across Micronesia challenged not only themselves but also the international community, to step up and exceed the conservation targets set by international conventions and treaties. 

Marine Conservation in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Challenge Initiative’s (CCI) aims are to preserve and protect the region’s marine and coastal environment, as well as accelerate efforts to transition to renewable energy. CCI’s “20 by 20 Goal” targets the protection of at least 20% of the Caribbean’s marine and coastal environment by 2020. Nine Caribbean governments and 17 corporations have together made a series of bold commitments towards these aims.

Read more stories on UNDP……

From Cultural Survival

 

Every 5th of June is a day used by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encourages political action.

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Herakles Farms, a US company, has been chopping down miles of dense forest in Cameroon without the full authority to do so — and in the face of desperate pleas and resistance from local communities.

The palm oil project will also destroy precious chimpanzee and forest elephant habitat if it goes ahead.

In February, Herakles began clear-cutting trees with an illegal permit in hand. The permit also allows the illicit timber to be sold on international markets. And this is all happening with the complicity of the Cameroonian Ministry of Forests and the full knowledge of the European Union (EU).

We must act fast. The illegal timber is now in port, leaving for markets in China any day now — our window to stop the trade is closing.

Act Now through Greenpeace International. Tell Cameroonian authorities to seize the timber before it leaves the country.

 

What can you do?         Think.discuss.…..ACT. 

 

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