Marking World Environment Day, 5 June 2015
3 June 2015
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.
"The goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation, and without compromising the resource needs of future generations. We can do this by shifting our consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water and other resources, and by wasting less food", said UN Secretary-General.
"In this year of transformation, when we hope to see great advances on sustainable development and climate change, let us celebrate World Environment Day by becoming more conscious of our ecological impact. Let us think about the environmental consequences of the choices we make. Let us become better stewards of our planet".
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
In Moldova, the World Environment Day will be marked with a conference on ‘Environment and Climate Change’ organized by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with development partners, including the United Nations and in particular the UNDP. Resident Coordinator Dafina Gercheva will deliver a speech in the Plenary Session of the conference. In the conference workshops, several projects carried out by the UNDP in Moldova will present their activities and results, and namely: the Environmental Fiscal Reform project, the Climate Change Adaptation Planning Process project and the ESCO Moldova project.
WED around the world
The WED theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.
Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.
Consuming with care means living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future where our dreams can be realized. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.
Every Action Counts
WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.
"Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference."UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Through decades of WED celebrations, hundreds of thousands of people from countries all over the world and from all sectors of society have participated in individual and organized environmental action. WED 2014 received a total of 6,437 pledges and over 3,000 activities were registered online, resulting in a total of about 9,700 which is triple to the previous two years.
Register Your Activity Today and Be Counted
How will you make your voice heard this year for the environment? Share your activity with the rest of the world so we can continue to inspire others! Please register your activity and it will feature on our Wide World of WED.
See more at: http://www.unep.org/wed/
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