May 19, 2014
World Environment Day helps support island nations
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal event for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
This year’s World Environment Day on June 5 will also support 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in the broader context of action on climate change.
The World Environment Day is also known as the ‘people’s day’ because it gives citizens in over 100 countries the opportunity to do something positive for the environment.
The idea is to galvanise individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to register their events online, or join a team of one of the World Environment Day ambassadors and pledge with them, to make a difference.
Goodwill Ambassadors include: Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré.
“Our objectives are to help build momentum towards the Third International Conference on SIDS in September and encourage a greater understanding of the importance, and of the urgency to help protect the islands in the face of growing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly as a result of climate change.
“We believe WED will be an excellent opportunity to raise a call for solidarity with the islands,” the UN said.