World Environment Day 5 June & Green Ribbon Week, 1-5 June 2011

For people the world over, our present and our future depends on conserving and restoring our world’s forests.  Let us use World Environment Day to be aware that every individual can make a difference and that collectively, we start the ‘ripple effect’.  Stop and think how it will affect humanity in the long term if the levels of global deforestation and degradation continue at their current rates.   We need to be more conscious of the many essential life sustaining and natural resource values that forests provide that we take for granted, we as humans, are interdependent on our forests.  They provide clean air, how many of us are aware that more than three quarters of the world’s accessible fresh water comes from forested catchment areas, that they regulate water for many of our world’s river systems.  Forests cover 31% of total land area and being one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems, they are home to thousands of species, including many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals.

The forests in the Vumba in Zimbabwe is a prime example of this, they shelter the critically endangered Samango Monkey.  What action have we taken?  Together with Tikki Hywood, Environment Africa has trained and deployed WEPU, Wildlife Environment Protection Unit.  What action can you take?   It costs US$2000 a month to keep a full team deployed on a permanent basis, we need your financial support to continue and expand the WEPU project.  Visit our website to see how you can donate.  Forests are a major ally in our ongoing battle against climate change, we need to protect, rehabilitate and conserve them.

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 organizations and industry for polluting; 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.

 

Click The Link Below for Information on Green Ribbon Week in Zimbabwe

Green Ribbon Week Zimbabwe 1-5 June 2011

 

 

 

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