June 1, 2011

World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It is on 5 June. It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5–16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The first World Environment Day was on 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June.
Theme 2011: Forests-Nature At Your Service- Forests cover one third of the earth’s land mass, performing vital functions and services around the world which make our planet alive with possibilities. In fact, 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. They play a key role in our battle against climate change, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide. In Kenya, only 2% of our total land mass is covered in trees. This year being the international year of Forests, we (as AYICC-Kenya and other like minded partners) seek to create awareness on the importance of trees and forest cover in particular. Thousands of activities are being organized worldwide, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more.

Below is what we have planned:

W.E.D activity for this year:

Building upon the exemplary partnership that Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change (A.Y.I.C.C-Kenya- www.ayicc.net) have forged with the YMCA, Nairobi branch, we will be partnering with the YMCA Y's Youth movement and setting up a tree nursery at the YMCA. This will serve as a home for the hundredes of tree seedlings for the next few months before they are planted in various areas around our country by both organizations. We have planned to have a concert to mark the event and this will be done on the same day.

There will also be free swimming. Prepare to swim!

Apart from using the day to create awareness on the need to protect our forests, we would also like the day to remind ourselves of the relationship we have with the Creator and His creation.

Plan for the Day:
'There is no better way to stimulate change than to be the Change'. We plan on carrying out this activity using the vast human resource we have in our
youth groups and create a platform where they can learn (practically) how to set up a tree nursery. A.Y.I.C.C - Kenya will provide the seeds and expertise while the Y's Youth from YMCA will provide hard labour & performing artists.

We do sincerely hope that the information shared will be of use to you as you seek to partner with us towards this noble and necessary event. Many thanks.

NB: The program with timing and all the activities will be sent by tomorrow.

Yours in service,

W.E.D planning team



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