Efforts to raise environmental awareness take place throughout the year. The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity. This year the world is invited to participate in dozens of global events intended to help protect life on earth. The following is a summary of the major environmental events for Spring 2010.
World Water Day (March 22): The overall goal of this campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake. UN-Water has chosen Clean Water for a Healthy World as theme for World Water Day 2010.
World Meteorological Day (March 23): This day is meant to draw attention to what can be done to provide information that allows people to take advantage of the weather and minimize its harmful effects. This year, the theme is “60 years of service for your safety and well-being”.
Climate Care Day - (March 26): This day is an initiative to encourage global businesses to replace all corporate travel with remote meetings for the day. This is intended to demonstrate how simple choices can make a significant difference to the environment. It recognises the importance of the planet to both the business community and our personal wellbeing. A global sustainability movement that supports both responsible and profitable business operations.
Earth Hour - (March 27): This event offers an opportunity to participate in a global demonstration of support for the environment by turning off your lights between 8:30 and 9:30 PM. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community.
World Heritage Day - (April 18): Also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites this day offers an opportunity to raise public awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. The theme for 2010 is agricultural heritage.
Earth Day - (April 22): The mission of this event is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. Their mission is achieved through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns. This years campaigns include: Help create A Billion Acts of Green, Environmental Education Now, Key Earth Day Event in Morocco, and Help strengthen Global Warming bill.
International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) - (May 22): This day seeks to promote the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for 2010 is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.
Bonn Climate Change Talks - (May 31) – Start of the first round of UN sponsored climate change talks for 2010. This round of talks will be held between May 31 and June 11, as a precursor to the COP16 conference to be held in Mexico in December 2010.
World Environment Day - (June 5): This daylong event aims to be the biggest global celebration for positive environmental action. This year’s theme is ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future.’ – a message focusing on the central importance to humanity of the globe’s wealth of species and ecosystems.
World Ocean Day - (June 8): This day is an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. Events and activities take place at aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses.
Global Wind Day - (June 15): This day celebrates the enormous benefits of wind power and spread a positive message about wind power. The day incorparates a wide array of activities including wind farm open days, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, regattas, sporting contests and theatre shows.
World Day to Combat Desertification - (June 17): The aim of this event is to sensitize the public to the fact that desertification, land degradation and drought dramatically affect the biodiversity resident in the soil and soil health depends on land use. This year the theme is "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere"
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