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World Environmental Day 2012 – WED 2012: Green Economy, Does it include YOU?

Geschreven op 10-4-2012 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Milieu Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

WED 2012The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy.

This is where some people shut off their minds because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to understand.

On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable all around you and it is easy to imagine how you fit in it. Visit the ‘What is the Green Economy?’ page to read a layman’s narrative of this concept.

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

But what does all this mean for you? Well, this essentially what the second part of the theme is all about. If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you! The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it.

See also: World Environmental Day 2016 – WED 2016: The Fight Against the Illigal Wildlife Trade – World Environmental Day 2015 – WED 2015: Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care – World Environmental Day 2014 – WED 2014: Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level – World Environmental Day 2013 – WED 2013: Think, Eat, Save – World Environmental Day 2012 – WED 2012: Green Economy, Does it include YOU? – World Environmental Day 2011 – WED 2011: Forests: Nature At Your Service – World Environment Day 2010 – WED 2010: Many Species. One Planet. One Future – World Environment Day 2009 – WED 2009: The movie HOME en Gucci HOME T-shirt and bag – World Environment Day 2008 – WED 2008: Kick the Habit ! – Make this heartbreaking video go around the worlds

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