Thursday, 5 June 2008

June 5th is World Environment Day

So what are you doing for World Environment Day?
I'm now into month 21 without having taken a aeroplane and arrived in Rome on the overnight train this monring. However, I probably still travel too much even by train. And I am still not good at turning things off standby - I could certainly do better, despite the rather smelly attempts at a compost heap in my garden.
If you click here you can read about what people are doing to mark World Environment Day. I particularly like the campaign in Kinshash encouraging farmer not to burn their fields to clear old crop remains and the project giving people an acacia tree to grow in their gardens.
Maybe you can support tree-planting projects near you - read your children Jean Giono's wonderful book The Man who Planted Trees (L'homme qui plantait des arbres), it's a French classic and very satisfying.

And here's what the World Environment Day's site says:
"The day's agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future."