Monday, December 14, 2009

Pittburgh's Big Green Adventure: World Environment Day

Sure, you may be aware of upcoming Earth Day activities, or other great green happenings here in Pittsburgh, but look for the Woodstock of them all on June 5th, 2010 when our city once again goes under the global microscope to become city number #37 to host World Environment Day. We'll be joining global innovators like Bangkok, Istanbul, Mexico City, Tokyo, Beirut, and Seoul in hosting this international event, which apparently has been on the books since 1972. According to Pittsburgh's World Environment Day website....WED was established by the United Nations General Assembly at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment thirty six years ago. On that same day, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Commemorated every year on June 5, World Environment Day stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. With thousands of events in UNEP's six global regions, namely, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia and Europe, the UN's World Environment Day is considered one of the largest environmental events of its kind....

This is more important than you might think. On the United Nations Environment Programme site, it states that scientists believe we have 10 years to change the way we live to avert depleting natural resources. This makes events like World Environment Day more a "wake-up" call than an event; still all the world will be hosting cheerful activities like street rallies, scientific forums, tree plantings and green concerts in an effort to take the edge off without negating the importance. No reason we can't have fun with environmental awareness issues. To stay in the loop go to to Pittsburgh's World Environment Day site and sign up for regular e-mails.

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