If human society 🌍 is to stay within the bounds of critical ecological thresholds, it is imperative that environmental laws are widely understood, respected, & enforced. ⠀ ⠀ Currently, we are failing to effectively implement and enforce them.⠀ ⠀ Judicial actors ⚖️ (prosecutors, judges, defence attorneys and lawyers) are essential for enforcing them and tackling ecological crises. ⠀ ⠀ / Environmental Rule of Law Report ⠀ ⠀ more at ➡ www.unenvironment.org⠀
To sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050, we need to:⠀ ⠀ ⬇cut food waste ⠀ ⬇eat less beef ⠀ ⬆use innovative technologies to reduce emissions from agricultural production & ⠀ ⬆restore forests & peatlands,⠀ according to @worldresources. #SustFoodFuture⠀
Happy #YouthDay! There are so many young people working hard to make a difference for the environment. Let’s celebrate them for their achievements and the amazing things they will accomplish in the future. The youth will inherit this planet - we must continue to support them to make it a cleaner, greener one. #YoungChamps
Land provides the principal basis for human livelihoods and well-being including the supply of food, freshwater and multiple other ecosystem services, as well as biodiversity. However, human use directly affects more than 70% of the global, ice-free land surface. We need to take care of our 🌏 #SRCCL #ClimateAction
Pollinators 🐝🐝🐝 play a key role on food security globally. Pollinator-dependent crops contribute up to 35% of global crop production volume and are important contributors to healthy human diets and nutrition🌽🥑. #Climatechange will affect pollinator ranges depending on species, life-history, dispersal ability and location. #SRCCL
Although indigenous groups speak a majority of the world’s languages, every two weeks a language disappears. When an indigenous language is lost, so is the ability to use traditional knowledge to help tackle environmental challenges like #ClimateChange. #IndigenousPeoplesDay #ClimateAction
Action for #CleanSeas 22-year old athlete and environmental activist @sambencheghib (centre) has embarked on a six month-long journey to become the first person to run across North America to raise awareness about the issue of marine plastic pollution and the need to act now. He’ll be making his #Ocean2Ocean run wearing shoes made with upcycled plastic waste intercepted on remote islands and coastlines. We wish Sam good luck on his journey! 📷 @kylelieberman with @makeachange.world & @parley.tv🌊 #BeatPollution #BeatPlasticPollution
Fun facts from endangered cats 🦁 🐯 ❄ 🐆 on this #InternationalCatDay: ⠀ 🦁 A lion can leap as far as 11 meters (36 feet).⠀ 🐯 Unlike almost all other big cats, tigers are superb swimmers. ⠀ ❄ 🐆 The snow leopard can wrap its tail around its body for extra warmth in its harsh mountain habitat.⠀ What is your favorite cat? Comment below with an emoji 👇
The findings of the @ipcc Special Report on Climate Change and Land are stark: we cannot reach the goals of the Paris Agreement and we cannot limit global warming to 1.5 degrees without sustainable land management and without carbon drawdown. We can push back by 🔷 Using nature’s healing power 🔷 Protecting vulnerable carbon sinks 🔷 Harnessing the power of collective action #SRCCL #ClimateAction
Often hidden or falsely declared, electronic waste enters Nigeria through two ports in Lagos and over land routes from neighbouring countries before finding its way to sites like Olusosun, Nigeria’s largest dumpsite. With 100 acres filled every day by 10,000 tonnes of rubbish, including e-waste, Olusosun is a scavengers’ heaven, busy with pickers searching for waste they can break down and sell on the informal market. The Circular Economy Approaches for the Electronics Sector in Nigeria project is an ambitious three-year initiative aiming to see the nation adopt a financially self-sustaining circular economy approach for electronics. Raising awareness on the impacts of hazardous e-waste and improving the implementation of Nigeria’s extended producer responsibility legislation are amongst the first steps being taken under the project. #BeatPollution #ewaste #thegef 📷 Irene Galan/UN Environment
Did you know: 10,000 litres of water💧 are required to make a single pair of jeans👖Business-as-usual approaches are not sustainable, we need to #ActNow! Do your part, adopt sustainable fashion in your daily life. Small changes make a difference! #ClimateAction Photo: @unsplash/ Ricardo Gomez Angel
"Our study found that birds which ingested plastic had reduced blood calcium levels, body mass, wing length, and head and bill length." New research is shedding light on the way that plastic pollution impacts the health of seabirds. The actions we take on land matter for our oceans & marine life. We need to #BeatPlasticPollution for #CleanSeas🌊 📷 @worldmigratorybirdday
“Ivory Trade is a Rip Off” Our host country of Kenya🇰🇪 has launched a new wildlife conservation campaign to raise awareness and curb the illegal trade in ivory. Let’s show our support for these efforts! 👏👏👏 #WildforLife
Over 3️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ million trees🌳🌴🌲 planted in just 12 hours! Ethiopia 🇪🇹 has launched an historic tree planting campaign in an ambitious move to counter the effects of deforestation and climate change. #ClimateAction #climatechange #climatecrisis
Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems supporting rich biodiversity. Their soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering vast amounts of carbon. Yet they are disappearing three to five times faster than overall global forest losses. We are supporting innovative approaches to make a difference, like the Vanga Blue Forests Project initiative, which is trading carbon credits from mangrove conservation and restoration. #MangroveDay
Healthy mountain ecosystems are the source of 60-80% of the world's freshwater used in domestic, agricultural and industrial consumption, green energy production and biodiversity conservation. #GlobalGoals #SDG15
9 of the 10 hottest Junes have occurred since 2010. The June 2019 average global land and ocean temperature was the highest for June since records began in 1880 as per data collected by NOAA. The warmth has brought Antarctic sea-ice coverage to a new low for June. #ClimateChange
Welcome to the Mountain Heroes campaign @malcolmgwood 👏 Malcolm Wood is the first paraglider, entrepreneur and environmental film-maker to join UN Environment Programme's campaign, 🗻Mountain Heroes. He is joining other athletes in this campaign to help draw attention to emerging environmental issues in mountains, including climate change, waste management and biodiversity loss. #climatechange Photo Credits: @codytutts & @guyboltonphotography
Medellin 🇨🇴 has adopted nature-based solutions to rising temperatures. The Green Corridor project transformed 18 roads and 12 waterways into a green paradise, managing to reduce temperature by more than 2°.
Food is the mother of most environment and development issues. By improving the way world's food is grown and consumed, we can address the cause. The Big Question: Is it possible to feed the world without destroying it? The World Resource Institute 'Creating a sustainable future' report says YES! How? 🔹Reduce food loss and waste 🥗 🔹Boosts productivity of crops 🌾and livestock 🐄 at a higher rate than before but on the same land. 🔹Stop Deforestation, restore peatlands and degraded land 🌳🌳🌳 🔹Improve aquaculture and better management of fisheries🚣♀🐟🎣 🔹Use of innovative technologies and farming methods that lower greenhouse gas emissions💻 🌐 Photo Credits/ Lou Liebau
Did you know: about 40% of waste—including food—is openly burned . Releasing harmful toxins, furan and black carbon into the atmosphere. Food waste is a key climate challenge and something we can all do something about. Coline Billon decided to take action, cycling around Nantes🇫🇷 with her enterprise @latricyclerie to find inedible food scraps and turn them into “black gold” – a rich compost allowing local farmers, gardeners and supermarkets to supply nutritious foods. You can also do your part: 🥕 Buy locally & sustainably produced food 💡 Learn about practices & labels 🛒 Talk about healthy & sustainable food with vendors and producers. #ClimateAction #BeatPollution #thinkeatsave
Communities living with wildlife are requesting for a deal that allows them as the primary guardians of the natural resources at their door step and allows them to reap the benefits. Namibia is a leading example of community-based natural resource management which has led to wildlife resources being recovered, while poaching and other illegal activities have decreased. "The fate of wildlife lies mainly in the hands of those who live with it daily" #WildForLife #WildlifeEconomy
Our #AgeChallenge: This is how we want our oceans🌊 to look in 40 years - free of plastic pollution. Together, we can achieve #CleanSeas. Together we can #BeatPlasticPollution.
Ecosystem restoration is fundamental in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those on climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water and biodiversity conservation. The UN Decade on Restoration aims to scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems. Learn more on why restoration is important via the link in our bio ☝️
An orphaned dugong has become a social media influencer in Thailand🇹🇭. "This was the first time I’ve ever seen a dugong come that close to a boat. She thought it was her mother.” @alexrendell's chance encounter with Marium helped reassure conservation officials who had been having trouble tracking her location. ➡ The dugong is an indicator that the oceans are healthy - this means the communities can go fishing and make a living. If dugongs are extinct, then it will affect their lives too.
Together with @nasa we have agreed to work together on the promotion and implementation of Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)🌏. ➡ This partnership will enable cooperation on environmental education and training, citizen science, and the collection and distribution of environmental data 🌿.
From @alexrendell ➡️ I first saw Marium the dugong on a visit to Trang in May with EEC students. She stole my heart, like she has with all Thai people. More people need to know how threatened these amazing animals are. Illegal hunting continues in places around the world to supply an illegal meat trade. That’s why I’m supporting @UNEnvironment’s #WildForLife campaign - to protect all of Marium’s species. Join me and UN Environment advocate @amandacerny at www.wildfor.life to help raise awareness and save the endangered dugong!
Networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents have announced that they are declaring a Climate Emergency🚨, and agreed to undertake a 3 point plan to address the crisis through their work with students. The plan includes: 1⃣ Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest. 2⃣ Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation. 3⃣ Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curricula, campus and community outreach programmes.
Together with the 🇯🇵 Japan’s Ministry of the Environment we will launch a new project to help protect the environment and human health from adverse impacts of mercury. 👉 Mercury is used in a wide variety of applications and finds its way into the environment through industrial emissions and channels like artisanal gold mining. 👉From the environment, it can be accumulated by some species that are then eaten by humans. This project will help establish a monitoring network, provide for capacity building and create a scientific database with information that governments and institutions can apply toward effective mercury management ✅.
From @wmo_omm: We are excited to announce the return of the World Meteorological Organization's calendar competition. With 2020 being WMO's 70th anniversary, we hope to make this competition bigger and better than ever. We are looking for high-res photographs that showcase the beauty and power of our weather and the environment, especially ones which illustrate the theme of World Meteorological Day 2020, "Climate and Water." For further information and instructions on how to enter online, visit the link in our bio, or our website https://public.wmo.int/en. Share photos using #WMOphoto (but please note that this doesn't count as a competition entry - you have to submit via the online form). As a U.N. agency, we are keen to encourage a good geographical balance which represents all regions of the Earth. Winning entries will feature in the printed WMO 2020 calendar. They will be showcased on the WMO website and social media platforms and feature prominently in 70th anniversary celebrations. We will also promote them among other U.N. agencies. There will be lots of recognition but no financial reward! WMO will make an initial selection of about 50 photographs, based on technical and artistic merit. We will then publish shortlisted photos on Facebook and Instagram, allowing our followers to vote for their favourites. The competition will also be promoted via Twitter and via other U.N. social media accounts. The WMO jury will have the final say on the 13 photos for inclusion in the printed calendar (one for the cover and one for each month), based on the social media votes but also taking into account geographical balance. All shortlisted photographs will be showcased on WMO web and social media channels. It is therefore important that you include your own social media handles so that we can credit you appropriately. Contest will be open until 15 August 2019 and winners will be announced on 16 September 2019.
Welcome to the #CleanSeas campaign @familiaschurmann! The Schurmann family – the first Latin American family to circumnavigate the world on a sailboat – will hoist their sails on 12 December 2019, departing for an 18-month “Voices of the Ocean” voyage from Brazil to the oceans of the world. The initiative will witness and record, from the family’s sailboat, what they see in the oceans and in remote parts of the world – looking specifically to document plastic pollution. The expedition aims to identify potential solutions to marine pollution, to mobilize governments, the private sector and the public to take action to clean oceans, and to inspire innovation around how to free the seas from plastics. #beatplasticpollution 📷 @familiaschurmann
New research from @crowtherlab shows why forests are so important to our common future: Restoration of the Earth’s forests is the world’s most effective solution to climate change available today and has the potential to capture two thirds of man-made carbon emissions. #ClimateAction #BetterWithForests
Did you know that 50% of childhood pneumonia deaths are due to air pollution. When we take action to #BeatAirPollution, we work together to save lives.
🇰🇪 Kenyan Universities are being called on to work together and transform their campuses to become greener, utilizing: 🌞 Natural lighting ❄ Water evaporating cooling systems 🌧 Rainwater By doing so, they are becoming a point of reference for other universities on the continent and setting a new standard for sustainability. For instance, @strathmore.university set up its own 600-kilowatt photovoltaic grid tie system about five years ago and is not only enjoying free energy from the sun but also selling the excess.
25 years ago, UN Environment and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs formed the Joint Environment Unit to respond to the environmental dimensions of emergencies. So far the Joint Environment Unit has, among its many achievements: 🔹 Improved artisanal miners’ safety in the Democratic Republic of Congo 🇨🇩 🔹 Prevented future oil spills in a river in Bangladesh 🇧🇩 🔹 Tackled dam instability in Colombia 🇨🇴
From @antonioguterres: I trust young people to push my generation to save our planet and our future -- and it's important to me to connect with them so that I can learn from them and hear their views. On my travels, I've met young people who have shared with me their anxiety about the global climate emergency and their frustration at the failure of my generation to address it. They also displayed an inspiring determination to step up and tackle climate change. That's why I'm looking forward to seeing young climate activists at UN Headquarters in September at the Youth Climate Summit. I strongly encourage youth to keep leading the way in taking #ClimateAction and holding leaders accountable. Our future -- their future -- depends on it.
An increase in heat stress 🌡 resulting from global warming is projected to lead to global productivity losses equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs in the year 2030, according to a new report 📑 from the International Labour Organization. This is equivalent to global economic losses of US$2,400 billion. #climatecrisis
Air pollution affects the most vulnerable groups of our society: Women 🧕🏽👩🏻🦰 and children 🧒🏾👶🏼, the elderly and low-income groups. We need to #BeatAirPollution to help protect them.
To set the Dominican Republic's🇩🇴 tourism sector on a path of sustainability, the government has pledged to ▶️ Reduce marine & land-based pollution ▶️ Cut the consumption of materials and ▶️ Diminish waste arising from tourism
The Sierra Tarahumara in Mexico 🇲🇽 harbours some of the richest biodiversity in North America. It's also home to indigenous groups, such as: the Rarámuris, known for their ancient traditions, their colourful clothing and their unbreakable relationship with nature🌿. However, illegal logging, drug production and unsustainable agricultural practices are putting these rich ecosystems and the livelihoods of communities in risk. During the last five years, thanks to some scientific projects 📄 done in the Sierra, more information is available about the biodiversity of this area ➡ This is helping local communities in shifting towards more sustainable practices to protect and restore the Sierra’s forests, which provide them with food and valuable cultural goods. #Sustainability #betterwithforests
The textile industry is considered one of the most environmentally damaging and polluting industries. Its production is responsible for 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions. ➡ Making the fashion industry more sustainable is a joint responsibility, requiring both the resolve of individual companies to start taking action in their own way and an openness to collaborate in order to tackle the complex challenges we are up against together.
Ecosystem restoration is defined as a process of reversing the degradation of ecosystems, such as landscapes 🌄, lakes and oceans 🌊 to regain their ecological functionality. This can be done by allowing the natural regeneration of overexploited ecosystem or by planting trees 🌳 and other plants 🌱. This process is fundamental to achieving the #GlobalGoals, mainly those on #ClimateBreakdown, food security, poverty eradication, water 💧 and biodiversity conservation. Currently, about 20% of the planet’s 🌏 vegetated surface shows declining trends in productivity with fertility losses linked to erosion, depletion 📉 and pollution in all parts of the world. We must all take action to ensure a sustainable future and a healthier planet 💚
We have reached 1 million followers! 1 million environmentalists spreading the word for the greater good of the planet 🌍💚. Together we are pushing to #BeatAirPollution and make air more breathable. Together we are pushing to go #WildForlife and protect endangered species 🐘🐋. Together we are pushing to have #CleanSeas 🌊 back! Thank you for joining us on this beautiful journey - let's all continue to raise awareness and spark action around environmental issues. Tag 👥 a friend and share our message further!
Did you know that each giraffe has a unique spot pattern? The destruction of their habitats is putting them in serious danger, with only 111,000 left in the wild. We need to protect them! Can you guess which giraffe subspecies this is?
Did you know that methane is responsible for at least 1/4 of global warming and is over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a warming gas over a twenty-year timeframe ➡ A 75% reduction of methane emissions could reduce global emissions by up to 6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents per year. And low-cost, technically feasible solutions exist to reduce these emissions in oil & gas operations. #ClimateAction
It’s estimated that the northern hemisphere’s ❄ frozen soils and peatlands hold about 1,700 billion tonnes of carbon. With a warmer planet, large-scale melting is expected to release huge amounts of CO2💨, leading to more heating, with devastating consequences on the climate. #ClimateAction #PeatlandsMatter 📷 Hans Joosten
Thanks to you we have reached 9⃣9⃣6⃣K followers 👥! Environmental protection is a global concern. One of the best ways to be part of it is through raising awareness about environmental issues, as we do together. Tell us in the comments 💬 below which environmental issue concerns you the most and what you are going to do to solve it!
Did you know we produce almost 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste each year? Manage your E-waste for a better future: 1⃣ Let electronics live longer: reuse & refurbish 2⃣ Give your electrical & electronic devices back to recycling ♻ networks or retailers when possible 3⃣ Advocate for the environmentally sound management of e-waste #BeatPollution
The 🌍 African continent’s first-ever #WildlifeEconomy Summit is taking place in Victoria Falls, where leaders and communities are seeking new ways to manage nature-based economies. An effective wildlife economy should give a clear role in managing nature to communities 🏘🌳 living closest to wildlife ➡ this will incentivise conservation.