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Your Planet needs you

Your Planet needs you

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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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 for young people · by young people · about young people
Your planet needs YOU!
 The UNEP Magazine for Youth
Copenhagen countdownTrash to treasureGrowing togetherDiverse harmonySave Jaws!
 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.
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 KEE-mail uneppub@unep.orgwww.unep.orgISSN 1727-8902
Director of Publication
Satinder Bindra
Geoffrey Lean
Special Contributor 
Wondwosen Asnake
 Youth Editors
Karen Eng, Joseph Lacey
Nairobi Coordinator 
Naomi Poulton
Head, UNEP’s Children and Youth Unit
 Theodore Oben
Circulation Manager 
Manyahleshal Kebede
Edward Cooper, Ecuador 
Front cover 
Robert vanWaarden
 Youth Contributors
Eugina Capalbo, Argentina;Chan Sze Meun, Malaysia; Claire Hastings,Canada; Paulina Monforte Herrero, Mexico; Ruchi Jain, India; HyunJin Jeon, Republic of Korea;Nelson Kamau, Kenya; Ely Katembo, DemocraticRepublic of Congo; Carlos Bartesaghi Koc, Peru;Sinead McNamara, Ireland; Rose Maria LadenNielsen, Denmark; Maurice Odera, Kenya;Elizabeth Akinyi Odhiambo, Kenya; Rohit Pansare,India; Samuel Lim Yong Peng, Singapore; JasonRozumalski, United States of America; HodeiRubio-Lacey, Ireland; Lívia Maria dos Santos,Brazil; Sara Svensson, Sweden; RamanathanThurairajoo (NYAA GAHA Exco), Singapore.
Other Contributors
 Jane Bowbrick; DuncanBridgeman; Jamie Catto; Pooran Desai,BioRegional; Mark Eng; Elizabeth Girmaye, TimretLe Hiwot; Richard Harvey; Joseph Jagero, MYSA;Liza Malm; Sara Oldfield, BGCI; Mike Rutzen;Rosey Simonds and David Woollcombe, PeaceChild International.Printed in the United Kingdom
The 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 3Countdown to Copenhagen 4Environmental fiesta 4Trash to treasure 6One Planet Living 6Growing together 8TUNZA answers your questions 10Garden shelters 11Wishes for WED 12Diverse harmony 14A sporting chance 15Action stations 16Safety first 17Save Jaws! 18It’s only natural 20Seven energy wonders 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.
Vol 7 No 1
ackling climate change presents a curious paradox.It seems so big and overwhelming a task that it ishard to see how anything we do, as individuals, canpossibly have any effect on bringing it under control. Andyet the truth is that unless we, in our hundreds of millions,take simple actions to reduce our carbon footprints, thereis no chance of being able to save the climate in whichhuman civilization has grown and flourished. The troubleis that – since such a vast collective effort is needed – it isall too easy to do nothing until everyone else acts. But thatwould be a recipe for disaster. As UN Secretary GeneralBan Ki Moon puts it: ‘We are on a dangerous path. Ourplanet is warming. We must change our ways.’Of course governments must introduce the measures thatmake it easier for us to do the right thing, and removethe perverse ones – like subsidizing energy or energy-intensive practices – that keep us in bad habits. They mustreform tax systems and other financial incentives to makeit more profitable not to pollute. They must introduceregulations, where necessary, to curb destructive practicesand products and establish binding targets to ensure thatglobal emissions of greenhouse gases are rapidly andpermanently reduced. And, above all, they must reach acomprehensive new agreement at December’s crucialclimate change negotiations in Copenhagen to avert thedangerous heating up of our planet.But, in the end it is down to us. Never before has it been soimperative that we observe the old maxim that we should‘be the change we want to see’. It starts with reducingour own impact on the planet, not least by eliminatingwasteful use of energy. It may go on to mobilizing othersto take action or mount campaigns. This issue of TUNZAcontains examples of both. We must all – and not just ourleaders – UNite to combat climate change.
It takes more energy to bring a pan of water to100°C – i.e. boiling – than it does to heat a small room fromfreezing to 21°C. So it saves energy to cook one-pot meals– like stews, soups and stir-fries with chopped ingredients,which take less time to cook. And it saves on the washingup, and the energy used to heat the water for it.
Even more energy can be saved by just boiling foodbriefly, removing it from the heat and letting the hot waterdo the rest. And it enhances flavour too. A recipe? Here’swhole poached Chinese-style chicken. Cover the chickenwith water, put the lid on, bring to the boil and simmer for15 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken to poachin the water for one hour, keeping the lid on to prevent heatloss. When the chicken’s juices run clear when pricked, drainoff the cooking broth and save it for soup. Chop and serve onrice with a dressing of minced spring onion, ginger and oil.
Many foods – like vegetables, seeds, fruits, nutsand cereals – are great eaten raw. Nutritionists say they areoften healthier that way too. And eating raw foods can havea big impact on a family’s energy consumption.
Starting a no-plastic-bags campaign in local shops.
‘Carrotmobbing’. What? It’s a new idea for gettinglots of people (the ‘mob’) to reward good commercialbehaviour (the ‘carrot’ as opposed to the stick) – for examplewhen a shop promises to devote part of its proceeds toenvironmental improvement and is rewarded by customersspending to support it. The first ‘carrotmob event’ tookplace in San Francisco in 2008 when environmentalist BrentSchulkin arranged for consumers to flock to a grocery storethat promised to invest 22 per cent of the day’s sales inenergy-efficiency improvements.
 Your planet needs YOU!

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