The Centre celebrates World Environment Day
“Every year, on June 5th, millions of people across the planet celebrate World Environment Day (WED), coming together at community, national and regional level to promote positive action on the most-pressing environmental challenges of our day.”
WED is the principal vehicle of the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It also serves as a ‘people’s day’ to do something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
WED 2014: Raise your voice, not the sea level
The theme this year is Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm (up to about 10 inches) over the last 100 years as a result of rising seawater temperatures and the melting of the ice sheets. Small Island Developing States are most vulnerable to rising sea levels and the effects are being felt around the globe.
The specific objectives are to help build momentum towards the Third International Conference on SIDS in September and encourage greater understanding of the importance of SIDS and the urgency of helping to protect the islands in the face of growing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly as a result of climate change.
To support these objectives, Greening the Blue is running a campaign to collect stories from UN staff regarding their personal experiences of SIDS: the environmental challenges the island faces and/or how these environmental challenges are being addressed.
We are inviting all staff and participants to follow the campaign already announced on our social media or directly at the main WED page at www.unep.org/WED or Greening the Blue at www.greeningtheblue.org
Turin Campus’ contribution to WED 2014
The Campus celebrates the event with an unconventional and participatory form of communication, calling on everyone to contribute to the making of a “green graffiti” http://greengraffiti.com
The event will take place at the Campus on the 5th of June, from 12.30 to 14.00.
By using new forms of innovative and sustainable natural media, participants and staff will be able to create a powerful and sustainable message that will mark the Campus’ contribution to awareness-raising about sustainable development. We count on your participation!
 Message of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner