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AUSTRALIA

Sydney

In support of World Environment Day 2008, Clean Up the World will invite its member organisations around the globe to conduct environmental activities with a focus on climate change. Activities such as cleaning up local parks and waterways, planting trees, conducting walk to school or work days or organising environmental education exercises will be undertaken. Members will register their local activities with United Nations Environment Programme.
Clean Up the World is a not-for-profit, non-government, apolitical organisation that unites communities with a common focus to clean up the world.
Now celebrating its 16th year, Clean Up the World, held in conjunction with United Nations Environment Programme, mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually making it one of the largest community based environmental campaigns in the world.
While its Member’s activities can be conducted throughout the year, including World Environment Day, Clean Up the World’s flagship event is Clean Up the World Weekend, 19-21 September 2008. Groups in any city, town or village across the globe can get involved by becoming a Clean Up the World Member.


For more information, please contact:
Clean Up the World
18 Bridge Road
Glebe, Sydney, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9692 0700
Fax: +61 2 9692 0761
E-mail: info@cleanuptheworld.org
Website: www.cleanuptheworld

NEW ZEALAND

Wellington
To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, New Zealand Ministry for the Environment held an International Children's Painting Competition Exhibition, as part of World Environment Day celebrations. The International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. The competition has been held since 1991 and has received over 190,000 entries from children in over 100 countries. The 2007/2008 competition was open from 24 September 2007 to 15 January 2008. The 2007/2008 competition focused on “Climate Change: actions we can take now to reduce our negative impact” and attracted entries worldwide, including 49 entries from New Zealand. The children's paintings focus on actions to reduce climate change such as using renewable energy, introducing energy saving light bulbs at home, sharing vehicles and using public transport, and planting trees.

During the week of World Environment Day an exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) in Wellington, displayed 50 of these global and regional paintings. The free exhibition was housed at Te Papa's 'Inspiration Station' from Friday 30 May to Sunday 8 June and was open to all members of the public.

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Koszler
New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
P.O. Box 10-362, Wellington 6143
New Zealand
E-mail: nadine.koszler@mfe.govt.nz

Wellington
To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, New Zealand Minister for the Environment presented Green Ribbon Awards in recognition to the outstanding contributions of individuals, organizations and businesses to sustaining, protecting and enhancing New Zealand's environment. 2008 marks the 18th year the awards have run. Award recipients were recognized at a special ceremony at the Wellington Town hall on Tuesday 3 June. The Green Ribbon Awards acknowledged individuals, organizations, and businesses who are helping to 'kick the carbon habit' through their environmental efforts.

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Koszler
New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
P.O. Box 10-362, Wellington 6143
Wellington
New Zealand
E-mail: nadine.koszler@mfe.govt.nz
Website: www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/awards/green-ribbon.html

Wellington
To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, New Zealand Ministry for the Environment held a Junk to Green Funk Art Auction. 31 Trade Aid shops around New Zealand approached a local artist to create a piece of work that converts junk into a piece of art. The artwork was showcased in Trade Aid shops during the Fair Trade Fortnight, 3 May to 18 May 2008. After the Fair Trade Fortnight the artwork was sold at an auction from 4.30pm on Tuesday 3 June at the Wellington Town Hall, prior to the Green Ribbon Award ceremony. The auction raised money for environmental education in New Zealand. The artwork was made from discarded and recycled materials, therefore reducing the affect the pieces have on the environment and aligning with the theme of world Environment Day 2008 “Kick the Carbon Habit”.

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Koszler
New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
P.O. Box 10-362, Wellington 6143
Wellington
New Zealand
E-mail: nadine.koszler@mfe.govt.nz
Website: www.tradeaid.co.nz/Home

Wellington
To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, the Ministry for the Environment in partnership with the Natural World Museum, the United Nations Environment programme and Te Papa presented Art for the Environment: Moving Towards a Balanced Earth, an art exhibition featuring works of art from 25 artists representing 17 countries. The free exhibition was housed at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) in Wellington and was open to all members of the public. The exhibition opened on World Environment Day, 5 June, and ran until 7 June. The exhibition was designed to utilize the universal language of art as a catalyst to unite people in action and thought, and to empower individuals, communities, and leaders to focus on environmental values across social, economic and political realms. The exhibited art had an over-arching climate change theme.

For more information, please contact:
Nadine Koszler
New Zealand Ministry for the Environment
P.O. Box 10-362, Wellington 6143
Wellington
New Zealand
E-mail: nadine.koszler@mfe.govt.nz
Website: Visit site

Wellington
In honor of the World Environment Day 2008 celebrations, the Natural World Museum in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the exhibit, Earth in Balance. This contemporary exhibition of works by 27 artists from 20 countries was designed to generate awareness of global climate change, with an emphasis on moving towards a low-carbon economy. The exhibition highlighted issues regarding the environment while inspiring a positive change in people's attitudes and actions towards the environment.

For more information, please contact:
Yvonne Schellerup
Natural World Museum
P.O. Box 29604 San Francisco
United States of America
Tel: +1 415-420-1642
E-mail: yvonne@naturalworldmuseum.org
Website: www.naturalworldmuseum.org

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Chicago
The Chicago Botanic Garden is the North American host for World Environment Day 2008. At the Garden, events will highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and lifestyles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.

Throughout the day on June 5, the Chicago Botanic Garden will feature a “Knowledge and Action” marketplace where non-profit, academic, student, government, cultural, and environmental organizations will demonstrate the many ways that individuals, businesses, and governmental bodies can help reduce their carbon footprint.

On June 5, visitors to the Fruit and Vegetable Garden will receive the Melrose Pepper, which is an easy-to-grow, carbon-absorbing plant. Also from June 5 through 8, the Fruit and Vegetable Garden will host demonstrations of organic gardening and composting.
The Garden will unveil UNEP's North American International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) exhibition at a special awards ceremony sponsored by Bayer Corporation. Kindergarten through fifth grade students from Chicago area schools will also meet Chicago native and hometown hero, Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Dr. Jemison is a scientist, educator, and the nation’s first African-American female astronaut.

An afternoon plenary session open to all will bring together local, regional, national, and international experts on global warming and climate change to discuss ways individuals everywhere can reduce their carbon footprint.  Speakers include Dr. Ashok Khosla, former director of the UN Environment Programme and Sasakawa Award winner; Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for North America; Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the City of Chicago, Department of the Environment; and Mary Gade, Region 5 US EPA administrator.

For more information, please contact:
The Chicago Botanic Garden
Website: www.chicagobotanic.org or www.rona.unep.org

New York
World Environment Day was observed at the United Nations Head Quarters and New York City in a variety of ways:

On the morning of 5 June, the Secretary-General participated in the launch in Times Square of the US version of the “Together” campaign - an initiative of the Climate Group dedicated to bringing together the average consumer with big business, major NGOs and local authorities to help solve climate change. In his remarks, the Secretary General flagged Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)and noted that UNEP had launched Kick the Habit earlier that day. Among other VIPs were NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the head of ICLEI, and CEOs from several US banks and retail outlets. Copies of Kick the Habit were also distributed to approximately 75 media members at a Together.com luncheon at NASDAQ.

The evening before, the New Zealand Mission and the UNEP New York Office (NYO) co-hosted a reception/cultural event at the Mission, with numerous Ambassadors in attendance. This was followed on the 5th by a panel discussion on this year’s theme co-organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI ) and NYO, involving the New Zealand Ambassador, and representatives from Environmental Defense Fund, National Geographic and NYO.

NYO’s Interfaith Partnership on the Environment hosted a screening of the new documentary Renewal -- Inspiring stories from America's religious environmental movement, followed by a discussion with filmmakers and several groups showcased in the film.

The US State Department launched a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), narrated by Harrison Ford, on the subject of illegal wildlife trading. Actress Bo Derek, a US special envoy on the issue, was the guest speaker, along with the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).

Also on the 5th of June, NYO participated in “Talk Radio Day” at the UN. Organized by DPI and the UN Foundation, the Day brings talk radio presenters from across the US political spectrum, to UN Headquarters, for interviews with UN staff and the diplomatic community.

For more information, Please contact:
Jim Sniffen
Information Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
Tel: +1-212-963-8094/8210
E-mail: info@nyo.unep.org
Website: www.nyo.unep.org

New York

Student video conference for World Environment Day 2008
On 28 May, students around the world, including videoconference sites in Malaysia, Australia, United States, and Canada(along with students assembled at the UN headquarters in New York)will be sharing what they are doing in their schools and communities to reduce greenhouse gas. This event aims at increasing awareness of the contributions that young people are making to achieve a low carbon lifestyle.
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For more information, please contact:
cyberschoolbus@un.org