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.
“Planet Earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it.”
~ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
This year the focus of WED is on rising sea levels and the impact it has on climate change.
The global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm. (up to about 10 inches) over the last 100 years.
Sea level rise is attributable to global warming. Humanity’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are leading to changes in climatic patterns. The most harmful GHG emitted by human activity – carbon dioxide – accounts for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature in the past ten years.
When you save energy you reduce the use of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas the greatest source of human carbon dioxide output. Simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint—like turning off lights and appliances when not in use, switching to compact fluorescents, carpooling or biking can help.
FreeSpeech Magazine is supporting the World Environment Day by dedicating the 2nd edition of the Magazine to the Environment. Watch out for the 2nd Edition which will be coming out in July 2014. If you would like to write an environment related article for the Magazine, get in touch with the Editor by email on: email@example.com be sure to read our guidelines on article submission.