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.
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).
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
5 June 2009 – Today, on World Environment Day 2009, Airbus, National Geographic and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity launch a supportive campaign for The Green Wave that aims to reach out to children, youth and families, raise awareness on biodiversity, and encourage participation in The Green Wave.