World Environment Day today – have you done your part?
Commemorated yearly on 5 June, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The day’s agenda is to:
- Give a human face to environmental issues;
- Empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development;
- Promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and
- Advocate partnership which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
The theme for WED 2009 is ‘Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change’. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests.
This year’s host is Mexico which reflects the growing role of the Latin American country in the fight against climate change, including its growing participation in the carbon markets.
Mexico is also a leading partner in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign. The country, with the support of its President and people, has spearheaded the pledging and planting of some 25 per cent of the trees under the campaign. Accounting for around 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the country is demonstrating its commitment to climate change on several fronts.
In Brunei, we have the One Million Trees project spearheaded by the International School Brunei (ISB). The school has been very active, even more with the Heart of Borneo project. The school is inviting interested individuals and organisations to buy trees. One indigenous tree planted and maintained for two years costs br$5.00. At maturity, each tree can capture up to 20kg of Carbon Dioxide per annum for forty years.
Supporters can offer to buy one or more blocks of 1,000 trees each at Br$5,000; half block of 500 tress at Br$2,500 and a quarter block of 250 trees at Br$1,250. Each block will be identified by a low carbon footprint sign indicating the sponsor(s) of that block.
So make your pledge by calling the ISB Million Trees Hotline at 233 2613 or email them at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more from the One Million Trees project website.