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Ecological Civilization in the City of GuiyangEcological Civilization in the City of Guiyang

The video on the city of Guiyang, located in southwest China, explores how local policymakers have abandoned traditional development models in favour of constructing an Ecological Civilization City, which benefits the economy, environment and local communities.  As a result, the city has accelerated the pace for eliminating heavy pollution industries and encouraged the development of green industries.

Ecological Civilization in the City of KaramayEcological Civilization in the City of Karamay

The video on Karamay in China’s far western province of Xinjiang explains how the oil extraction industry caused serious damage to the region’s vegetation and soil, as well as to the water and air quality.  In recent years, however, Karamay has created a cleaner and greener city by promoting an ecological civilization approach. 

Ecological Civilization in the City of MinhangEcological Civilization in the City of Minhang

The video on the Minhang Development Zone demonstrates the need to balance economic growth with the environment.  Established in the 1980s, the development zone is home to many Fortune 500 companies. The zone is located in southwest Shanghai, on the upper stream of the Huangpu River, which is the main water source for the city. 

Look! The Arctic! Inuit knowledge and climate changeLook! The Arctic! Inuit knowledge and climate change

An Eco-Hero video by filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk

Forests - We all depend on themForests - We all depend on them

Forests provide employment for up to 1 billion people and contribute over US$ 450 billion to the global economy. Yet in some regions, deforestation continues at an alarming rate. Produced by UNEP to mark the International Day of Forests, this film highlights the critical role of forests in supporting the environment, the economy, and human well-being.

UNEP Bridging Gaps. Are you? Mind The GapUNEP Bridging Gaps. Are you? Mind The Gap

This mini-series based on UNEP Bridging the Gap report, shows that solutions  to keep average global temperature rise to below 2°C are available and being implemented in many different settings, helping countries to adapt to changing climates, move towards lower emission development pathways and often also boosting economies and alleviating poverty.

Short Lived Climate Pollutants - SLCPShort Lived Climate Pollutants - SLCP

Pollutants that are short-lived in the atmosphere such as black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions of the world like the Arctic, and have harmful health and environmental impacts.

Addressing these short lived climate pollutants can have immediate, multiple benefits. Reducing them will protect human health and the environment now and s

The Future We WantThe Future We Want

The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 was the biggest UN conference ever and a major step forward in achieving a sustainable future – the future we want. In this short video, visitors to the UNEP Pavilion share their thoughts on the future they want for generations to come.