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Three Extra Weeks to Submit Your Art for International Art Competition

You have an extra three weeks to submit your artwork for the Young Hands Together for Diversity International Art Competition. The deadline has been extended to 10 July 2010.

The extension gives you a bit more time to finish and send in your drawings.



Take action against global hunger

This year's Green Wave celebrations focused on the theme of "biodiversity and development." You can continue to show your support for a critical biodiversity and development issue: hunger. Here's how:



Deadline for International Art Competition Is Fast Approaching

If you haven't yet submitted your entry for the Young Hands Together for Diversity International Art Competition, don't delay! The 15 June 2010 deadline is fast approaching.

Here's a reminder of the competition details:

The international art competition is part of a learning and activity programme on biodiversity. The winning entry will be used for the design of a challenge badge – a special badge to be awarded to young people who complete a number of challenges set out in the programme. Other entries will be used for illustrations in a booklet, posters and other information materials.



Watch The 2010 Green Wave!

Yesterday and today, children and youth around the world are planting trees and celebrating biodiversity as part of The 2010 Green Wave. Events are starting on the International Date Line that runs through the Pacific, and moving westwards each hour.



Good-bye Poverty, Hello Biodiversity

Check out the CBD's newest resource to help you and other children and youth learn about the theme of this year's International Day for Biological Diversity. "Good-bye poverty, hello biodiversity" takes a closer look at biodiversity, development and poverty reduction.

Each chapter explores a different aspect of how biodiversity is linked to human well-being. The chapters cover:

  • What is biodiversity?
  • What is development?
  • Are biodiversity and development related?
  • What is the world doing?
  • What can you do?


Jean Lemire appointed Ambassador to The Green Wave

The Canadian biologist, filmmaker and explorer, Mr. Jean Lemire, has been appointed as Honorary Ambassador for The Green Wave.



A splash at London Zoo - survey on children’s perceptions of nature

Actress Daryl Hannah joined adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes at London Zoo on 17 May to announce the results of a survey exploring children’s perceptions of nature. The Airbus Bio-Index surveyed more than 10,000 young people aged 5-18 from ten countries as part of the aircraft manufacturer’s work with the CBD Secretariat.



Reach out to your local media!

How are you spreading the news about your school or youth group's Green Wave celebration? Have you contacted any of your local media outlets such as newspapers, radio or television stations? To help share your important biodiversity messages, it's important to get your local media involved.

The Green Wave team wants to help you reach out to media. So we created a sample press release that you can customize with the details of your celebration. (A press release informs reporters about an important news story and gives enough information so that they can write a story.)



Calling all Green Wave Fans!

It is one week until 2010’s Green Wave celebrations. Now approaching its second birthday, The Green Wave is engaging participants all around the world. Each year on the International Day of Biodiversity, The Green Wave encourages children and youth all over the world to plant a tree and celebrate the nature around them at a specific time on a specific day, to create a ‘green wave’ of awareness and action that passes across the globe. Thousands of trees have been planted by hundreds of schools and youth groups in over 75 countries.



On 22 April, celebrate International Mother Earth Day!

Earth Day began in 1970 in the U.S.A. People were frustrated that environmental problems such as poor air quality and water pollution weren't being solved. The conception of Earth Day was an important step in environmental history, one that helped build a global environmental movement and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).