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UNite to combat CLIMATE CHANGE – Paint for the Planet

UNite to combat CLIMATE CHANGE – Paint for the Planet

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UNEP's magazine for youth.
UNEP's magazine for youth.

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on Jun 14, 2010
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UNite to combat CLIMATE CHANGE – Paint for the PlanetGreen growth – ONLY CONNECT – Natural faithLiving through it – Material gains – Earth Hour
 The UNEP Magazine for Youth
 for young people · by young people · about young people
Vol 6 No 4
the UNEP magazinefor youth. To view currentand past issues of thispublication online,please visit www.unep.org
United Nations EnvironmentProgramme (UNEP)
PO Box 30552, Nairobi, KenyaTel (254 20) 7621 234Fax (254 20) 7623 927Telex 22068 UNEP KEEmail uneppub@unep.orgwww.unep.org
ISSN 1727-8902
Director of Publication
Satinder Bindra
Geoffrey Lean
Special Contributor 
Wondwosen Asnake
 Youth Editor 
Karen Eng
Nairobi Coordinator 
Naomi Poulton
Head, UNEP’s Children and Youth Unit
 Theodore Oben
Circulation Manager 
Manyahleshal Kebede
Edward Cooper, Ecuador 
Front cover 
 Youth Contributors
Laura Paulina Tercero Araiz,Mexico; Andrew Bartolo, Malta; Sarah Bishop,Australia; Marie Nickie Bolos, Philippines; Zoë Caron,Canada; Ahmed Chentir, Algeria; Meghna Das, India;Matthew Giordmaina, Malta; Carolina Arruda Buarquede Gusmão, Brazil; Paulina Monforte Herrero, Mexico;Ruchi Jain, India; HyunJin Jeon, Rep. of Korea; GloriaIp Tung, Hong Kong SAR; Carlos Bartesaghi Koc,Peru; Margaret Koli, Kenya; Simon Sizwe Mayson,South Africa; Netpakaikarn Netwong, Thailand; RohitPansare, India; Sri Rezeki, Indonesia; Óscar FelipeSaavedra, Colombia; Deia Schlosberg, USA; Hyrla deSouza e Silva, Brazil; Charlotte Sullivan, UK; Sijie Tan,Singapore; Gregg Treinish, USA; Juan José AponteUbillús, Peru.
Other Contributors
Rod Abson, World ScoutBureau; Jane Bowbrick; Chris Coulter, GlobeScan;Michelle Desilets, Borneo Orangutan Survival UK; Julia Horsch, Bayer; Pascale Moehrle, WWF; PavanSukhdev, Deutsche Bank; Rosey Simonds and DavidWoollcombe, Peace Child International.
Printed in the United KingdomThe contents of this magazine do not necessarilyreflect the views or policies of UNEP or the editors,nor are they an official record. The designationsemployed and the presentation do not imply theexpression of any opinion whatsoever on the partof UNEP concerning the legal status of any country,territory or city or its authority, or concerning thedelimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
 Editorial 3Implementing green 4Material friends 5Unite to fight 6Natural faith 6Uniting nations 7The Green New Deal 8TUNZA answers your questions 8Green growth 9I’ll live through it 10Survival is non-negotiable 11Going global 11Consuming the planet 12Buying and selling 12Only connect 14Thinking globally 15One hour, no power 15The ape that changed my life 16Keeping it wild 17Back on track 18Self-starting 19Material gains 20Chemical reactions 21Seven global thinkers 22
 UNEP and Bayer, the German-basedinternational enterprise involvedin health care, crop science andmaterials science, are working together to strengthen young people’senvironmental awareness and engagechildren and youth in environmentalissues worldwide.
The partnership agreement, renewedto run through 2010, lays down abasis for UNEP and Bayer to enlargetheir longstanding collaboration tobring successful initiatives to countriesaround the world and develop newyouth programmes. Projects include:TUNZA Magazine, the InternationalChildren’s Painting Competition onthe Environment, the Bayer YoungEnvironmental Envoy in Partnershipwith UNEP, the UNEP TunzaInternational Youth/Children’sConference, youth environmentalnetworks in Africa, Asia Pacific,Europe, Latin America, North Americaand West Asia, the Asia-Pacific Eco-Minds forum, and a photo competition,‘Ecology in Focus’, in Eastern Europe.
UNEP promotesenvironmentally sound practicesglobally and in its own activities. Thismagazine is printed on 100% recycled paper,using vegetable-based inks and other eco-friendly practices. Our distribution policy aimsto reduce UNEP’s carbon footprint.
or almost our entire existence on the planet, wehumans have been local creatures. From prehistorictimes until remarkably recently, most people movedlittle from where they were born, drew their sustenancefrom the area around them, and relied on it to dealwith their wastes. Even the development of trade, theestablishment of civilization and the rise of nation statesdid not change this greatly. Some areas might becomedegraded or polluted – the hills of ancient Greece denudedof trees to build ships, or London’s Thames turned into anopen sewer, for example – but the impacts were still local,and the rest of the world was unaffected.Now, the rise of rapid communication – and the precipitousgrowth of both population and consumption – has putan end to all that. Humanity has become a truly globalspecies. Though many of the world’s people, especiallythe poor, may still depend on a local area, no individual– and no community – can remain an island. The impactof the behaviour of bankers on Wall Street or in the Cityof London is felt even by the poorest of the poor. Pacificislanders who have contributed almost nothing to globalwarming are having to abandon their homes as climatechange caused by pollution thousands of miles awaymakes their seas rise. Soot from Asian smoke soon reachesNorth America, pesticides used in the tropics distil outover the Arctic, and a tonne of carbon dioxide heats theglobal atmosphere regardless of where it is emitted.Both economic and environmental problems are in-creasingly global, and so have to be solved globally. TheUnited Nations is crucial to this. Over its three and a half decades of life, UNEP has been at the heart of forming anarray of international environmental laws, enabling govern-ments to cooperate across a wide range of issues, fromsaving the ozone layer to controlling trade in hazardouswastes, from the deserts to the seas. But the greatest test of all – bringing global warming under control – has yet to bemet, and this year will be crucial in deciding whether it is.Like it or not, we are all now citizens of the world and needto take responsibility for its future.
With less than a year to go before governmentsmeet in Copenhagen to reach a global agreementon climate change, leaders need to know – moreurgently than ever – how much the people theyrepresent really care. Here are a few ways to helpmake the message loud and clear.COOLJoin up:
Participate as much as possible in localdemonstrations or campaigns. Whether protestingagainst vast carbon-intensive developments or edu-cating people about the environmental benefits ofeating locally grown food, there is strength in numbers,and the media takes notice when crowds take to thestreets. Get your family and friends involved to helpmake an even bigger impression. Better yet, if you can’tfind a local campaign supporting your favourite climatechange cause, start one yourself.
COOLERReach out:
The most powerful tool we have iscommunication – particularly between peers. If you tellthree friends who each tell three more friends, yourmessage can reach exponential numbers of people –whether you use leaflets at school, newspaper articles,or social networking or video internet sites.
COOLESTWrite in:
The saying goes that the pen is mightierthan the sword. Find out who your local and nationalenvironment ministers are and start a letter-writingcampaign to tell them why you care about climatechange, and what you would like them to do aboutit. On the local level this might be about creatingmore bicycle lanes; on the national level it could beasking your country to take leadership by committingto limits on carbon emissions that will really make adifference.
Globalization, global concern

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