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UNEP has pledged to plant 100,000 trees for 100,000 followers-- or one for every follower --by World Environment Day, 5 June.
This effort supports the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign’s goal to plant a total of seven billion trees- 1 for every person on the planet- by year’s end.
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PLANT FOR THE PLANET: THE BILLION TREE CAMPAIGN
Monday, 4 May 2009
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched in 2007 a major worldwide tree-planting campaign. Under the theme “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign,” UNEP is encouraging people, communities, organizations, businesses, civil society and governments to enter their tree planting pledges. The objective was to plant at least one billion trees worldwide every year. UNEP has now set a new goal of planting seven billion trees- one for every person on the planet- by the end of 2009. The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.
To honor World Environment Day, and help achieve the seven billion tree goal, the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS) have decided to participate in the campaign and will submit pledges to plant trees in their respective areas of operation.
“I encourage all staff members to participate in this initiative, which brings the United Nations family together not only for the benefit of the countries where we serve but for future generations worldwide,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy.
SCOUTS UNITE TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
On 5 June Scouts will join in the annual celebrations of World Environment Day, participating in environmental education activities, tree planting projects and community celebrations throughout the world. Scouts are an official partner with the United Nations Environment Programme to celebrate this day, with Luc Panissod, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, calling on our members to share their activities with the UNEP World Environment Day website. "World Scouting calls all young people, Scouts and non-Scouts, to engage with UNEP on the occasion of World Environment Day. Raising awareness on climate change and working towards achieving better living conditions has increased Scouting's commitment to addressing environmental issues. Youth empowerment is an integral part of World Scouting policy to invite young people to become agents of change"
Already, the World Organization of the Scout Movement have pledged their participation in the global tree planting drive of the Billion Tree Campaign and World Environment Day. Priority countries for tree planting activities by Scouts include Mexico, India, South Africa, Georgia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Hungary, Philippines, Brazil and Australia. Through this initiative the Scouts hope to plant 65,000 trees or more.
Mexico is the official host country for the United Nations World Environment Day (WED) 2009 celebrations and the Scout Association of Mexico are coordinating many activities, workshops and tree planting projects for this event. This will be accompanied by hundreds of other environment initiatives throughout the world to make this a truly global event.