Thursday, 5 June 2008

World Environment Day 2008

In what ways are you helping to heal our planet? For our family we try hard to use the car as little as possible.
We have a clothes line outside. This cuts down the use of the dryer which uses more energy than most people realise.
Putting a bucket in the shower catches a lot of water. You can then use the water to put on the garden.
Another smaller bucket in the kitchen sink for the drips, as well as catching the cold water that comes out first when you turn the hot water tap on. Instead of it going down the drain you catch it in the bucket, then on to the garden or veggie patch it goes!
Compost. Great for veggie leftovers and then the compost is perfect for the garden or veggie patch.
Clothes are handed down as much as possible. Those that are too worn out or torn make great rags for cleaning windows or ledges etc.

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
The World Environment Day slogan for 2008 is Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy. Recognising that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era, UNEP is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. The World Environment Day will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.
The main international celebrations of World Environment Day 2008 will be held in New Zealand. UNEP is honoured that the city of Wellington will be hosting this United Nations day (read the press release).
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.

United Nations Association of Australia offers you the opportunity to be involved in the wide range of issues that confront the United Nations and Australia: from human rights to peacekeeping, from greenhouse gases to clean water. Not only is Australia an active member of the United Nations, but this country's Federal, State and Territory laws are, in many cases, part of Australia's international obligations. UNAA gives you a chance to be heard.

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