Clean Up The World Weekend

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Clean Up The World Weekend- The Story

In 1987, Ian Kiernan AO competed in the BOC Challenge solo yacht race and as he sailed around-the-world he was shocked by the pollution he continually encountered in areas such as the Sargasso Sea in the Caribbean. Having waited years to see the Sargasso’s legendary long golden weeds, Ian’s anticipation turned to anger and disappointment when he found them polluted and tangled with rubbish.

Ian recalled. “I can’t overstate the disappointment I felt when I found this sea of magic and myth littered with rubbish from discarded thongs, plastic buckets and disposable nappies, to toothpaste tubes and plastic bags.”

Once back in Sydney, Ian enlisted the help of friends and held Clean Up Sydney Harbour Day (1989) which motivated 40,000 volunteers to remove rusted car bodies, plastics of all kinds, glass bottles and cigarette butts from the harbour.
Ian and his committee believed that if a city could be mobilised to take action, then so could the whole nation. Almost 300,000 volunteers turned out on the first Clean Up Australia Day in 1990 and that involvement has steadily increased over the last 21 years.

The next step for Ian was to take the concept of Clean Up Australia Day to the rest of the world. After gaining the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) , Clean Up the World was launched in 1993. The uptake of Clean Up the World globally (an estimated 35 million people in over 130 countries now participate each year) has demonstrated that this simple Australian idea has universal appeal and the health of the environment is of concern to people worldwide.

Clean Up The World- Today

Now in its 22nd year, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually, making it one of the largest community-based environmental campaigns in the world.

The campaign brings together businesses, community groups, schools, governments and individuals in a range of activities and programs that positively improve local environments. Since the first Clean Up the World campaign in 1993 the improvements achieved due to the efforts of millions of concerned volunteers around the world have been astounding. Examples of community-led Clean Up the World activities include:

  • Recycling and resource recovery
  • Tree planting
  • Education campaigns
  • Water reuse and conservation
  • Competitions
  • Exhibitions
  • Fix up projects.

While participants are encouraged to hold environmental events on or around CUW Weekend (always the 3rd weekend in September), Clean Up the World is also designed to provide support to groups undertaking activities throughout the year.

Clean Up the World is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is supported by, and collaborates with, a range of partner organisations in various countries.

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Ozone Preservation Day

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Ozone Preservation Day- The Story

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

In 1987 representatives from 24 countries met in Montreal and announced to the world that it was time to stop destroying the ozone layer. In so doing, these countries committed themselves, via the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to rid the world of substances that threaten the ozone layer.
On December 19, 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed September 16 to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in 1987. The day was first celebrated on September 16, 1995. 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.

Climate change and ozone depletion are two global issues that are different but have many connections. In the ozone depletion case, we managed to work with decision makers actually so that an international agreement called the Montreal Protocol was achieved that essentially solved the ozone depletion problem. Mario J. Molina

Ozone Preservation Day- Today

The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer for this and future generations, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change; furthermore, it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the earth.

On this day primary and secondary school educators throughout the world organise classroom activities that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, climate change and ozone depletion. Some teachers use educational packages from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that have been specifically tailored to address topics about the Earth’s ozone layer.

Other activities that are organized by different community groups, individuals, schools and local organizations across the world include: the promotion of ozone-friendly products; special programs and events on saving the ozone layer; the distribution of the UNEP’s public awareness posters to be used for events centered on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer; and the distribution of awards to those who worked hard to protect the Earth’s ozone layer.

World Ozone Day 2017 Slogans
  • Keep the Ozone from becoming the NO zone. Happy World Ozone Day
  • If Earth is our Mother, then Ozone is our Father. Happy World Ozone Day
  • As umbrella protects us from rain, Ozone protects the earth from the sun. Happy World Ozone Day
  • Save the Ozone Layer or Give Heat to your next generation. Happy World Ozone Day
  • The only thing that stops the earth from getting fried is the ozone layer. Protect it and protect yourself. Happy World Ozone Day
  • Ozone is like a “MOTHER” of EARTH….who protect her child from harmful radiations. Obviously Our Mother. Happy World Ozone Day
  • Don’t make the Ozone layer disappear or Life will be impaled by a UV spear. Happy World Ozone Day
  • The only thing that stops the earth from getting fried is the ozone layer. Protect it and protect yourself. Happy World Ozone Day
  • You don’t have to be a mayor to help protect the ozone layer. Protect the ozone layer for it protects us. Happy World Ozone Day
  • Don’t let the future go up in smoke. SAVE THE OZONE. Save ozone save a life (God Bless you). Happy World Ozone Day.

SOURCE: www.timeanddate.com

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Coastal Clean Up Day

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International Coastal Clean Up Day- The story

Coastal Cleanup Day was established by the Ocean Conservancy, an organisation that work to help protect the ocean from the challenges it faces every year. They serve as a voice for the ocean, speaking of the issues that aren’t often represented through social networking, publicised updates, and challenges like asking your waitress to skip the straw for your drink. Efforts like that work towards a trash free ocean.
Trash in the water impacts the world on many levels, including harming wildlife, humans, and impacting the livelihood of those who work on the ocean. It causes economic damage by affecting tourism and recreation and the money they bring into those communities that are the ocean shore. The Ocean Conservatory knows that solving these issues requires bold initiatives and eliminating the sources of the trash that damages the ocean.
Empowering people to take an active role in the preservation and cleaning up of the ocean are important parts of helping conservation of the ocean. By spreading tips and techniques to help reduce trash they help people everywhere aid the cleanup of our oceans.

For each of us, then, the challenge and opportunity is to cherish all life as the gift it is, envision it whole, seek to know it truly, and undertake—with our minds, hearts and hands—to restore its abundance. It is said that where there’s life there’s hope, and so no place can inspire us with more hopefulness than that great, life-making sea—that singular, wondrous ocean covering the blue planet. —Carl Safina

International Coastal Clean Up Day- Today

Every year thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics especially last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 individual pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean. Plastics are very hazardous to marine life, killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an immense number of fish in our ocean. Coastal Cleanup Day encourages us to get out to our beaches and help to limit this problem by cleaning up the garbage that has washed up on shore, and left by visitors every day.

Nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean. There’s a lot of options out there, starting with something as simple as taking a day at the beach and carrying a roll of garbage bags. Clean up the mess on the beach and help to reduce the amount of garbage that gets into the ocean by hauling it away. You can also check in with the Ocean Conservatory to get tips and tricks to help you be more conscientious about your lifestyle and the effect it has on the ocean. Coastal Cleanup Day is your chance to really make a difference, and help others to do the same!

SOURCE: www.oceanconservancy.org

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Greenpeace Day

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Greenpeace Day- The Story

National Greenpeace Day is a non-governmental environmental organisation that focuses its campaigning on global issues such as climate change, deforestation, over fishing, genetic engineering, commercial whaling, and anti-nuclear issues. It was first established by Gregor Robertson and observed in the year 2011. Originally Greenpeace was founded on September 15, 1971, by a group of 17 activists. The activists on this day had protested in Vancouver against the nuclear testing that was about to take place in the off shores of Alaska in the hope of stopping it. They held a benefit concert to raise money. The activists then chartered a ship with the handwritten name Greenpeace on it, and departed from the shore of Canada to the Alaskan island to protest the nuclear test out at sea. Unfortunately, the activists had to return due to the bad weather. Despite this, Greenpeace had made a tremendous impact on the world by bringing awareness about nature-related issues. Since then, Greenpeace has had a lot of victories and is still one of the best known environmental groups in the world.

Our globe is under new dramatic environmental pressure: our globe is warming, our ice caps melting, our glaciers receding, our coral is dying, our soils are eroding, our water tables falling, our fisheries are being depleted, our remaining rainforests shrinking. Something is very, very wrong with our eco-system. – Richard Lamm

Greenpeace Day- Today

Celebrating National Greenpeace Day is very simple. Indulge yourself by taking part in saving the mother earth with simple activities. Activities include switching off your lights, putting waste in either the recycle or green waste bins, ride a bicycle instead of driving a car, encourage people to save endangered species etc. Go green and volunteer yourself to help raise awareness for Greenpeace issues at a local Greenpeace Day rally.

If you want to make a greater change, visit the website of your local Greenpeace office to see what they are working on. You can also contact your local Greenpeace office to find out if you can volunteer. You can find out about available jobs with the global organisation or become a financial supporter, if you are not one already.

SOURCE: www.greenpeace.org

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