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.
Children and youth in Japan are getting set to join The Green Wave for biodiversity on 22 May!
On 21 April 2009, the Ministry of Environment (MOE) issued a national press release about the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), explaining the theme of IDB 2009, the objective of The Green Wave and how to participate in The Green Wave. It invited various sectors to organize and participate in the IDB celebration, including The Green Wave.