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To celebrate World Environment Day, the Greenhouse Neutral Foundation and its many friends and allies all around the world on Saturday September 26 2009 will call for the world to BAN THE BAG. Our vision will be that by the turn of the clock at midnight on December 31st 2010 they will be BANNED forever globally.

The STOPlasticBags campaign will demand government action, Company and business commitment and consumer support to eradicate what has become a profligate plague of our current times.

For more information on the campaign and to sign the global petition to STOPlasticBags please visit the Foundations web site at

Media Contact:
Bob Williamson
Founder and Chair
Greenhouse Neutral Foundation
+61 8 9295 6035

To celebrate World Environment Day, Mokugift empowers individuals to plant a tree for a friend via the internet. Recipients can display their trees on Face book, MySpace, blogs, email signatures and any other place you can embed HTML. Mokugift trees are planted in Central America, Africa and Asia, where they fight deforestation and poverty. Planting trees via Mokugift is a positive way to join the fight against climate change. You can track how your actions inspire others to plant trees and join the fight against climate change. As you inspire more people to plant trees, you will also be rewarded with free tree planting and recognition that you can display on Face book, MySpace, blogs, email signatures and any other place you can embed HTML. It is important to both plant trees and inspire others to plant trees. Start planting and inspiring today. You can also plant trees with your favorite Artists and Athletes via Mokugift.

For more information, please contact:
Hans Chung
10 Rollins Road Suite 212A, Millbrae
United States of America
Tel: +1 650 692 2384 

Click to View Larger LogoOmaha has been chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the host city for the North American celebrations of World Environment Day 2009. This year's theme is "UNite to Combat Climate Change." During the period between Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5), events throughout the community will highlight resources, initiatives and methods that promote low carbon economies and lifestyle such as: improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption. The selection of Omaha reflects the city's commitment to environmental and sustainability issues. This commitment is demonstrated by the creation of the Green Omaha Coalition, which is a partnership of public agencies, non-profit groups and private organizations dedicated to promoting a healthy, sustainable community through partnerships, policy, and smart solutions; and by Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's signing of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. In addition, Omaha was recently ranked 25th nationally in SustainLane's 2008 U.S. Cities Sustainability Rankings. Join in the celebrations by checking our calendar of events

For more information, please contact:
Kate Cavanaugh
3425 South 94th Avenue Omaha, NE
United States of America

Captain Planet is Back!  Episodes of the Captain Planet and the Planeteers series are now streaming on the Mother Nature Network (MNN), the hippest environmental news source on-line.  The long awaited return of the world’s favorite environmental cartoon superhero has been made possible by an association between MNN and the Captain Planet Foundation, which grants children’s hands-on environmental projects.
In tribute to World Environment Day 2009 and its theme, “UNite to Combat Climate Change”, MNN will feature on-line throughout June the legendary climate change episodes the “Two Futures”.  See Captain Planet and the Planeteers is the internationally acclaimed animated television series that educates while it entertains children of all cultures about critical global environmental and social issues.  The Captain Planet series was co-created by Ted Turner and UNEP Sasakawa Laureate Barbara Pyle. Recently, TrendHunters ranked the Captain Planet series fourth in ‘Ten Awesome Green Innovations’ for 2009.
The Power is Yours!

For more information, please contact:
Barbara Pyle
4221 Brookview Drive, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
United States of America

Helen Clark, Executive Director, UNDP: Statement on World Environment Day

Today, World Environment Day, is a reminder to us all to treat our planet better and lighten our carbon footprint. Climate change is a threat to everyone. But without action, the brunt of the impact would be felt by poor and vulnerable people in developing countries. With little capacity to cope, many more would become malnourished and in some circumstances struggle to find water, and even be displaced. This highlights just how intertwined the tasks of addressing climate change, reducing global poverty, and reaching the Millennium Development Goals are.

With this in mind, world leaders have a choice to make as they prepare to gather in Copenhagen this December. They can either seal a deal which leads to less carbon-intensive production and consumption, helps reignite global economic growth, creates jobs; and sets the world’s poorer countries on a sustainable path out of poverty; or business as usual continues, threatening the future of the planet and its people.

A new, sustainable development path is essential in the face of climate change. Tackling this challenge head on means doing more than intervening in traditional environmental sectors. It requires investments in developing capacity to run cleaner economies. It requires action on governance, such as ensuring that local decision-makers have the knowledge and tools they need to make sustainable policy and investment decisions. Climate change considerations need to be built into the core of all development planning if we are to have a sustainable future.
While climate change presents a great challenge, it also presents opportunities for development. Carbon financing can generate new sources of funding. The challenge is to ensure that the poorest countries are able to access and invest such funds to achieve their development results. This is an area where UNDP seeks to step up its support for capacity development.

This World Environment Day, we should reflect on just how influential the discussions at Copenhagen could be in paving the way for a sustainable future. Together we should invest all our energy to seal a deal at Copenhagen which is good for the environment and for development.
Following the pledge of the United Nations Secretary-General on World Environment Day in 2007 and follow-on commitments by the UN Chief Executives Board, UNDP is joining the rest of the UN and ‘walking the talk’ on climate change. We are taking steps to conduct an institution-wide greenhouse gas inventory, and will pilot a carbon neutrality initiative in one of our bureaux with the aim of taking it across the organization.  These are just two among a number of ‘green’ practices UNDP is mainstreaming into its overall operations.



In December 2006, the FIM signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme with the aim of developing environmental awareness within the motorcycling world and install better sustainable practices throughout our sport.

In the frame of this agreement, the FIM has decided to commemorate the World Environment Day, of which the official date is 5th June, at all FIM events taking place the previous weekend of this important date (30-31 May, except for Trial where the action will take place on 5th June). This year’s FIM project includes the signing by top riders of a FIM Environmental Charter at Road Racing, Motocross, SuperMoto, Trial and Speedway events that are celebrating by this commemoration. By signing this charter, the riders showed their concern and involvement regarding environmental issues within the motorcycling world.

The following riders participated in this action:

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Marco Melandri, Niccolò Canepa, Alvaro Bautista, Thomas Lüthi, Julian Simon

Superbike: Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio, Ben Spies

Supersport: Cal Crutchlow, Eugene Laverty, Kenan Sofuoglu

Endurance: Paolo Tessari, Alvaro Molina, Steve Martin, William Costes, Mashel Al Naimi, Nicolas Jaulneau

Motocross: Antonio Cairoli, Jonathan Barragan, Ken de Dycker, Marvin Musquin, Gautier Paulin, Davide Guarneri

SuperMoto: Thierry Van Den Bosch, Mauno Hermunen, Adrien Chareyre, Davide Gozzini

Trial: Toni Bou, Adam Raga, Albert Cabestany, Takahisa Fujinami

Speedway: Jason Crump, Andreas Jonsson, Greg Hancock

Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
11 route de Suisse
1295 Mies - Switzerland
Ph: 0041.22.950.95.00
Fax: 0041.22.950.95.01

In support of World Environment Day 2009, 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 17th 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, 18-20 September 2009. 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
PO Box R725, Royal Exchange, NSW, 1225 Sydney, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8197 3420
Fax: +61 2 8251 6249

World Environment Day, observed globally on 5 June, comes at a pivotal moment this year, as the UN system is gearing up for its "Seal the Deal" campaign aimed at promoting a successful outcome for the Copenhagen climate change conference this December. The Seal the Deal campaign seeks to encourage governments to successfully conclude a fair, balanced and effective agreement on climate change when they meet at COP 15 in Copenhagen from 7-18 December.

As most of you know, UNRIC started its European Information Campaign with the CoolPlanet2009 initiative.
We would very much appreciate to ask those of you who have not done so to put a link to (for background on CoolPlanet2009 see attached backgrounder) will continue as the European branch of the global Seal the Deal. We would like to draw your attention to some of our initiatives to mark the World Environment Day 5 June. See more information

United Nations Regional Information Centre
UNRIC, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 788 84 67
Mob: +32 4 97458088
Fax: +32 2 788 8485

12 Midday on World Environment Day counts! The opening will feature Nunukul Yuggera, Eddie Rushka, Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, Jack Thompson, Summer Rayne Oakes and Debby Cox with MC John Schluter from Channel 7.
Greenfest Brisbane_Earth Ball Come together to share the occassion of the festival opening and make a statement with your presence supporting a collaborative community in Brisbane. Make unity your message this World Environment Day at 12 midday, City Botanic Gardens. The days events will include a free to the public concert with some of Australia tops musicians, conservation speakers, workshops, organic food, innovations and exhibitions for a cooler planet.

View letter from Diretor of UNEP, Achim Steiner to Greenfest, file attached to bottom of this page. It encourages us to rally around the theme of World Environment day "Your planet needs you - unite to combat climate change!"
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. It is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), also created in 1972, promotes World Environment Day to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action.

Recognising that climate change is the defining issue of our era, UNEP is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them. World Environment Day can highlight resources and initiatives that promote low carbon economies and life-styles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.