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What's logging got to do with saving the climate?

June 10, 2010 - 09:45AM
Published by Anna Collins

For the last two weeks the UN have again been meeting to discuss climate change at the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany. I was there to keep up with everything that is going on and try to make sure any decisions that got made, especially with regards to forests were the kind of decisions that we here at Green Belt Movement would consider good ones.

New funding for forests: the launch of the Fast Start REDD+ Partnership in Olso

June 2, 2010 - 08:15AM
Published by Francesca de Gasparis

Last week I joined Wangari and the team in Oslo to attend the launch of the REDD+ Partnership Agreement. This new initiative for forests (2010-2012) came out of the Fast Start funding discussions also known as the Paris-Oslo process.

Millennium Development Goals, MDG 7

May 26, 2010 - 05:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Almost ten years ago, in the UN Headquarters in New York, 192 countries and 23 international organizations adopted the Millennium Development Goals Declaration. This was a landmark in the history of the international cooperation and reflected a global aspiration to provide an effective solution to the most important problems affecting developing countries. The MDGs involve aspects such as the eradication of extreme poverty, the improvement of universal primary education and the mitigation of some epidemic diseases. These goals should be achieved by 2015. This year draws ever nearer. The question rises quite spontaneously: With less than 5 years to 2015, are we on the track to meet the target? Is the world on its way to achieve the seventh MDG, the goal regarding environmental sustainability?

The Road to Mexico: Christiana Figueres Appointed New UNFCCC Executive Secretary

May 25, 2010 - 09:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Last week, Ban Ki Moon – the Secretary General of the UN – appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica as the new climate chief of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms Figueres will be replacing Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary.

Karura Rehabilitation Efforts Bear Fruit

May 10, 2010 - 07:50AM
Published by Hannah Smith

This remarkable video of the Kenyan Television NTV shows the concrete results of the efforts and the commitment of Professor Wangari Maathai in protecting and avoiding the deforestation of Karura Forest, which is a vital part of the city of Nairobi, in Kenya. “Situated on the edge of Nairobi, Karura Forest serves as the lung of the congested metropolis” (Wangari Maathai - Unbowed).

Undies for Earth Day

April 20, 2010 - 02:15PM
Published by Kathryn Gelder

This Earth Week, PACT is partnering with The Green Belt Movement to plant a forest. During this week, each pair of underwear will help to plant 20 trees. The goal is to plant 100,000 trees!

Moving on from Copenhagen

April 16, 2010 - 09:05AM
Published by Anna Collins

In December in Copenhagen world leaders were supposed to reach a global deal on climate change at the United Nations climate talks. Needless to say, they did not!

2010: The Official Year of Biodiversity

April 7, 2010 - 08:00AM
Published by Hannah Smith

2010 was declared by the United Nations the "International Year of Biodiversity". The aim is to draw attention to the alarming rate at which an increasing amount of species on our planet are on the verge of extinction. The result of this process is not just a loss in the variety of species but it can also have important consequences for the future of human beings. In fact, human life is directly connected with the biological diversity presented on Earth.

On your marks, get set....GO GLOBAL

April 1, 2010 - 10:10AM
Published by Hannah Smith

Now that those long dark winter nights are behind us and you’re toes are inching towards your summer sandals, why not think about flexing those thrifty fingers for a great cause?

World Water Day

March 22, 2010 - 04:25PM
Published by Kathryn Gelder

Today around the world, individuals and nations will come together to celebrate World Water Day (WWD). WWD was officially declared by the UN General Assembly in 1992, and has been celebrated each year since on March 22nd. The goal of this y


ear’s celebration is to raise awareness about water quality around the world and to highlight solutions to the world’s greatest water challenges.