Your planet needs you!
4 June 2010
Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
Hundreds of celebrations worldwide are organized, making this a truly global event. You can check what’s going on in the world on the UNEP website and post your activity there.
The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and this years WED theme focuses on: ‘Many species. One planet. One future’. It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet.
According to UNEP, there are an estimated 5 million to 100 million species in the world but scientists have only managed to identify about 2 million species so far.
A total of 17,291 species are known to be threatened with extinction and many will disappear before they are even discovered.Humans have made species extinct at up to 1,000 times the natural rate. With our present approach to development, we have caused the clearing of much of the original forest, drained half of the world’s wetlands and depleted three quarters of all fish stocks.
What can you do:
- The new WAGGGS/FAO biodiversity badge will be available soon, and we’re asking members to test it out for us! If your group would be interested find out about how to participate.
- In December 2009 world leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss a global deal on climate change. There was no binding deal in Copenhagen but leaders will meet again this December in Mexico, and WAGGGS will be there! If you’re active in fighting climate change and would like to be there with us we’ll be opening applications at the end of June. Watch this website for more details.
- Watch the short film from UNEP ‘six billion others’ about how climate change is affecting those all over the world. Discuss with your group how you can help fight Climate Change. Tell us what you’re going to do by posting your comments here!
- Our centenary year theme is ‘plant’. Find out more about how you can participate and do activities that ensure that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will be changing lives for another 100 years.
- Read the daily do something tips from the UNEP website and learn how you can protect the planet by using less and acting more at home and at work.
- Tell us your stories about how you have been working for the environment. Fill out this form, send it back to WAGGGS and we’ll put your stories on our website.
- Become a WAGGGS expert on the environment. Whatever your skills and background, we would love to hear from you if you are interested in supporting WAGGGS and our work with girls and young women. You choose the level of commitment that suits you. Send the nomination, including a short Guiding CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org