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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).

New 2010 IDB resource page available for your Green Wave planning

Each year, The Green Wave theme matches the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). In 2010, the IDB theme is biodiversity, development and poverty alleviation.

There's a new resource page on The Green Wave website that explains why biodiversity is important for development and poverty reduction, and vice versa. It's also got some great ideas on how to integrate this year's theme into your Green Wave activities. The ideas are just starting points to get your creative juices flowing.

International Youth Conference on Biodiversity Announced for August 2010

An exciting opportunity in Japan for young biodiversity enthusiasts is just around the corner. Japan, the host of the next major international CBD meeting COP10, is organising a biodiversity conference for 100 youths from around the world and is looking for participants!

Turn out your lights for Earth Hour!

At 8:30pm (local time) on Saturday 27 March, 2010 hundreds of millions of people from all corners of the planet are expected to participate in Earth Hour. Earth Hour, organized by WWF, is the world’s largest global climate change initiative. It is a global call to action that asks everyone – individuals, businesses and communities – to do their part and work towards a sustainable future.

Young Hands Together for Diversity! International Art Competition

Young Hands Together for Diversity is a new learning and activity programme on biodiversity being prepared for participants in The Green Wave and other youth initiatives. And as a first activity we’re running an art contest.

International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment – Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature

To celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, the theme of the 2010 International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature. The organizers are inviting entries from children and teenagers between 6 to 14 years old. Entries must be received by 15 April 2010.

The Green Wave and 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity

Just days remain to the start of 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity. In his message to mark this important year, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, has called on all the world’s citizens to work together to safeguard life on Earth: “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.”

Young talent recognised in global photography competition

The winners have been announced of the children’s international biodiversity photo competition facilitated by Airbus as part of their support for The Green Wave. Eight winning photos were chosen from entries from children in countries across the world who took inspiration from surrounding nature for their unique shots. The contest, named “See the Bigger Picture”, encouraged young people to engage in nature and consider the global loss of biodiversity.