10 Sectors for a Greener Planet

1. Buildings

Construction has consequences - let's construct a better world!

  Construction and buildings take a large toll on global resources and climate.
  A home or business energy audit can reduce your building's climate footprint
    and lead to significant savings in energy costs.
  If building or renovating, reduce your impact by using low-impact construc-
    tion and landscape businesses and products.
  Take charge of the buildings in your life.


2. Fisheries

Seafood is delicious and healthy - but depleting our fish stocks isn't! 

  Overfishing in many parts of the world threatens to deplete future fish stocks. We can avoid this by
    working now to promote sustainable fishing practices.
  Check labels and buy seafood products that have been harvested sustainably.
  By choosing sustainably harvested seafood, you send a message to producers that you support a
    Green Economy for fisheries.
 
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3. Forestry

Forests support livelihoods, societies and cultures, our climate, and a plethora
of wildlife and ecosystems.

  Deforestation accounts for close to 20% of the world's greenhouse gas
    emissions.
  Sustainably managed forests can continue to support communities and eco-
    systems without damaging environment and climate.
  Use electronic files to reduce your demand for paper products.
  Look for timber and paper products that come from certified sustainable
    forests.
  When you support certified sustainable forest products, you support a healthy
    environment and sustainable livelihoods.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/plantatreepage.html


4. Transport

Congestion, pollution, traffic accidents . . . there's a better way!

  Riding alone in your car isn't environmentally and economically efficient.
  Carpooling/lift schemes or taking public transport reduces environmental impact and economic costs
    while strengthening community.
  Walking or riding a bike for short trips is good for your health - and the environment too!
  When you choose alternative transportation methods, you support a Green Economy in the
    transport sector.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/reducetransportpage.html


5. Water

Use water wisely!

  Billions of people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water or im-
    proved sanitation services.
  Taking steps towards wise water use can help conserve this precious
    resource.
  Turn off the tap when you're not using it, wait until you have a full load
    to run your washing machine or dishwasher, limit shower time, lessen
    cistern volume.
  Resource efficiency is key to a Green Economy and water is one of our
    most important resources.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/reducepage.html


6. Agriculture


Use your consumer power to support local, organic and sustainable
agriculture!

  As populations grow it is crucial to support sustainable agriculture to
    ensure our ability to feed everyone.
  Grow your own veggies, eat in-season, and shop local farmers' markets.
  When you buy local, organic, and sustainable food products, you send a message to producers
    that you support a Green Economy for agriculture.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/reducefoodwastepage.html
 
www.greenworks.co.za/reducepackagingpage.html


7. Energy Supply

Our lifestyles demand energy, but is the demand too great on our resources?

  The current mainstream energy sources - oil, coal, gas - are not only harmful to health and
    environment, they're not sustainable in a world of growing energy needs.
  You can support the development of clean, renewable energy by choosing businesses and products
    that invest in them - or by investing in them yourself.
  While we work towards a transition to renewable energy, consider ways to improve your personal
    energy efficiency. Turn off lights and unplug appliances when you aren't using them. Don't heat or
    air-condition your house when no one's home.
  You can help build a Green Economy by supporting clean, sustainable energy sources and
    becoming a model of energy efficiency.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/reduceelectricitypage.html


8. Tourism

Tread lightly on your travel destinations.

  Tourism can be great for local economies, but not if it results in negative environmental and social
    impacts.
  The same principles apply to supporting a Green Economy both at home and afar: buy local,
    travel with others, limit water and energy use, etc.
  Know before you go: What hotels and travel agencies support ecotourism? How can I limit my
    impact on sensitive habitats?
  When you support ecotourism, you help the communities in your travel destinations achieve
    economic growth without sacrificing environmental and social well-being.


9. Waste

If everything you buy becomes waste, where will we put it all?

  "There is no 'away' when you throw things 'away'. It goes
    somewhere.
  Throwing something away means losing the chance to
    reuse materials and can contribute to methane emissions
    from landfills.
  Electronics in particular are only recycled at a rate of 15%
    globally.
  Recycling appropriate materials and composting food waste
    reduces the impact of landfills as well as the demand on
    our natural resources to produce more materials.
  Learn about recycling opportunities in your community and
    support a more resource-efficient Green Economy.
 
www.greenworks.co.za/recyclepage.html
 
www.greenworks.co.za/watchyourwastepage.html


10. Manufacturing and Industry

It's no secret that industry and manufacturing have been rough on the en-
vironment - but things can change, and you can help!

  Industry and manufacturing drive employment and economic growth in
    many countries.
  Be a wise consumer - support businesses that have sustainability plans,
    use ecolabels, and invest in renewable energy.
  Greenwashing is everywhere! But many companies are sincerely commit-
    ted to achieving sustainability. Do your homework and ask questions.
  When you choose a sustainable business over a 'business-as-usual,' you
    send the message that it's time for industry and manufacturing to transition
    to a Green Economy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Green Economy:
Does it include you?

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The theme for WED 2012 is Green Economy: Does it include you?

2012 is the 40th anniversary of World Environment Day.
The anniversary theme is
1972-2012 Serving the People and the Planet

"Although individual decisions may seem small in the face
of global threats and trends, when billions of people join
forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous
difference."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle
parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts,
clean-up campaigns and much more.


Take a step in the green direction.


  Set green goals.

  Pledge to make a greening difference in your home, school or office.

  Select a number of steps you can take to walk on in your home to save resources.

  Commit for a week then a month and then long term. Changing habits always takes an initial
    adjustment but then they become a way of life.

  Take action.

  Wear a green ribbon.

  Wear green clothing - both in colour and product.

  Find out more about the environment and what you can do to make a difference.

  Hold an environmentally friendly event to spread the message.

  Change your lightbulbs.

  Give up plastic shopping bags. Use reusable bags.

  Set up a recycling programme at home or the office. Check your local municipality's website for
    recycling drop off points.

  Buy green products instead of others.

  Organise a community or school clean-up (liaise with your local municipality in advance to arrange
    for collection if there are a lot of extra bags).

  Clean out the storm water drain in your street (litter is a huge problem that gets into storm water
    drains).

  Make a donation to an environmental or conservation organisation.

  Plant a tree or indigenous plants.

  Take a walk in an environmentally friendly area and enjoy being outdoors.

  Select ways to reduce your electricity consumption.

  Explore the option of a solar water heater.

  Select ways to reduce your water consumption.

  Explore putting a water tank in your garden or flow regulators in your taps.

  Turn the pressure tap down.

  Commit to only eating seafood from the Green List

  Be aware of your waste

   -  How much stuff do you throw away
   -  How much can be recycled
   -  How much food is wasted (see food saving suggestions)

  Create an email that you send to friends and colleagues informing them of your commitment and
    encourage them to do so too.

  Create a communal "pledge board" where people can write their environmental pledge for the
    year  e.g."I will turn off the lights when I leave the room", "I will turn off the water while shaving
    or brushing my teeth".

  Create a poster with your class or your children.

  Create a mural at a school or community centre to encourage environmental awareness.

  Prepare a vegetarian/vegan meal instead of a meat meal.

  Prepare meals using organic foods.

  Prepare only enough food so nothing goes to waste.

  Create your own compost.

  Write a World Environment Day article for your local newspaper, or for your business/community
    newsletter.

  If you are planning on building or doing a renovation, then build an environmentally friendly house
   or kitchen or bathroom.

  Create a community food garden.

  Create your own vegetable and herb garden.
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United Nations Environment Program Theme
(UNEP)


Green Economy: Does it include you?


Forests : Nature at Your Service


Many Species.  One Planet.  One Future


Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate
Change.

CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy


Melting Ice - a Hot Topic?


Deserts and Desertification - Don't Desert Drylands!


Green Cities - Plan for the Planet!


Wanted! Seas and Oceans - Dead or Alive?


Water - Two Billion People are Dying for It!

Give Earth a Chance

Connect with the World Wide Web of Life

The Environment Millennium - Time to Act


Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!

For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas

For Life on Earth

Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home

We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment

One Earth One Family

Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious
Circle

Only One Earth, Care and Share

Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership

Children and the Environment

Global Warming; Global Warning

When People Put the Environment First, Development
Will Last

Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof

A Tree for Peace

Youth: Population and the Environment

Desertification

Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain
and Energy

Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental
Concerns)

Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains

A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development
Without Destruction

Only One Future for Our Children - Development
Without Destruction

Development Without Destruction

Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss
and Soil Degradation

Water: Vital Resource for Life

Human Settlements

Only one Earth
South African Environmental Day
Theme (Dept of Environment)







SA Act Now to Combat Climate Change

All Hands on Deck: Towards a Low
Carbon Economy

Climate Change: Today's Action -
Shaping Tomorrow's Environment.

An Age of Hope in a Protected
Environment

Our Environment Belongs To All Who
Live In It

A Decade of Sustainability - Our
Environment, Our Future

My Environment, My Life



Clean Up South Africa for a Better Life

The Environment Millennium -
Time To Act



























 
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Green Economy: Does it include you?

This year, the World Environment Day theme is Green Economy: Does it include you? 

If we are to create a more sustainable future the Green Economy needs to be a rethink and a change in behavioural practices to the way we do business.

The theme accentuates the fact that
you are an important element to its success and invites you to evaluate whether the steps being taken by the government, private sector, civil society and community in your area include you.

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in
improved human
well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and eco-
logical scarcities.
In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is
low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.


A Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalysed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you! The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in our country, you are being included in it.

The Green Economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns our development. It is about sustainable energy, green jobs, low carbon economies, green policies, green buildings, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, industry, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, sustainable transport, waste management, water efficiency and all other resource efficiency. These are all elements involved in the successful implementation of a green economy.
 
 
National Environment Week
3 - 8 June
National Environment Week has
become an annual feature on
the South African calendar,
with a range of activities
scheduled countrywide, at a
national and provincial level.
5 June is designated as World Environment Day by the
United Nations General Assembly to deepen public
awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the
environment.


World Environment Day (WED) is probably the most celebrated of
all the environmental awareness days, and it is a day to acknowledge
the achievements made to protect the environment.

It is also a day to
commit to new greening actions.

WED aims to personalise environmental issues - so that world citizens
realise that it is
our responsibility to take care of the environment, and
become actively involved in making lifestyle choices and changes to
support sustainable and equitable development.

Building a cleaner, greener world for ourselves and future gene-
rations is integral to World Environment Day, and should be inte-
gral to our everyday.


It's easy to blame others for the effects of global warming and climate change,
and damage to the environment. We can blame governments for not making
environmental policy a priority; businesses for increasing greenhouse gas
emissions; and others for not taking responsibility and not taking necessary
action. However the responsibility lies with each one of us as individuals to
take action.

In celebrating WED each of our individual actions can collectively become an
exponential force for constructive and positive change.
2012 has also been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for
All. World Environment Day this year will complement this global concern with the official tagline -
Green Economy: Does it include you?

Linking World Environment Day to the Green Economy however should not limit or stop you from
celebrating your other environmental achievements. After all, every positive environmental action
has an impact, and part of the fun is finding creative ways to link your activity to the Green Economy
- and there are many.
40th Anniversary

The 2012 World Environment Day theme is
Green Economy: Does it include you?

2012 is also the 40th anniversary for World Environment Day, since the
creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972.

In this significant year for the environment and sustainable development,
the world leaders will once again meet at the United Nations Conference
on Sustainable Development twenty years after the historic Earth Summit
in Rio de Janeiro, 1992.

Dubbed Rio+20, one of the main themes of this Summit is "a green
economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty
eradication".

The Green Economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns
our development.

It is about sustainable energy, green jobs, low carbon economies, green policies, green buildings, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, industry, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, sustainable transport, waste management, water efficiency and all other resource efficiency. These are all elements involved in the successful implementation of a green economy.
 
More about World Environment Day and Week

The United Nations General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day to deepen public
awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment.

World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates
worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

It aims to

  to give a human face to environmental issues
  empower people to become active participants in sustainable and equitable development
  promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environ-
    mental issues 
  advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous
    future

During World Environment week Heads of State, Prime Ministers and Ministers of Environment pledge
their commitment to establishing permanent governmental structures to deal with environmental
management and economic planning. This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify
international environmental conventions.

World Environment Day was established by the General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of
the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General
Assembly the same day, led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP).

World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different country and is commemorated with an
international exposition during the week of 5 June. (World Environment Week)

World Environment Day thematic celebrations have in the past included caring for the earth and
water, the ozone layer, climate change, desertification and sustainable development, to mention a few.

This year's host is Brazil.

South Africa was the host in 1995.


Why Celebrate World Environment Day?

When we see or experience the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation,
it is easy to blame others - governments for not prioritizing environmental policy; corporate organi-
zations for raising greenhouse gas emissions; NGOs for not lobbying strongly enough for the
environment; and individuals for not taking action. World Environment Day however is a day we put
aside our differences and instead celebrate the achievements we've made towards protecting the
environment.

By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring
for our environment. Remember that every action counts, so join us: every year, everywhere,
everyone!

You may think you don't know where to begin, but by reading this, you have already begun!

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