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Enjoying the environment is key to its preservation

Enjoying the environment is key to its preservation

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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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 The UNEP Magazine for Youth
 for young people · by young people · about young people
Enjoying the environment is key to its preservation.
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, Deborah Woolfson
Nairobi Coordinator 
Naomi Poulton
Head, UNEP’s Children and Youth Unit
 Theodore Oben
Circulation Manager 
Manyahleshal Kebede
Edward Cooper, Ecuador 
Front cover 
Phil Tifo
 Youth Contributors
Dandee Bitancor, Philippines;Alfredo Díaz, Colombia; Alperen Dülge, Turkey;Claire Hastings, Canada; Chelsie Mitchell,Canada; Daniela Jaramillo Troya, Ecuador; RiskaMirzalina, Indonesia; David Osiany, Kenya; LeaSimma, Sweden.
Other Contributors
 James Balog, Extreme IceSurvey; Terry Cook, Extreme Ice Survey; ReynaldoCutanda, Bayer; Julia Hoppenhau, Bayer; LewisGordon Pugh; Justin Lamoureux; Fred Pearce;Rosey Simonds and David Woollcombe, PeaceChild International; Sport, Extreme Ice Survey;Stephanie Snider, Vancouver 2010.Printed in the United Kingdom
The contents of this magazine do not necessarily re-flect the views or policies of UNEP or the editors,nor are they an official record. The designations em-ployed and the presentation do not imply the expres-sion of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNEPconcerning the legal status of any country, territoryor city or its authority, or concerning the delimitationof its frontiers or boundaries.
Editorial 3White and green 4Vancouver: greenest city 6Taking part 8Green shoots 9Big feet, big ideas 10The human crisis 12Racing downhill 14Daughter of necessity 16Keep winter white 18TUNZA answers your questions 18The snowball effect 20Man of the mountains: Lonnie Thompson 21Seven icy 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 America and WestAsia, the Asia-Pacific Eco-Minds forum,and a photo competition, ‘Ecology inFocus’, 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.
Vol 7 No 4
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now and ice – the very foundation of the gloriesof the winter Olympics – are the most visible sign,and one of the most sensitive indicators, of climatechange. The Arctic ice cap shrank to its smallest everextent in September 2007, reaching a level not expecteduntil 2050. Though it has slightly recovered since, it is stillonly about 40 per cent of the size and thickness that itused to be. Antarctic ice shelves are disintegrating andthe great ice sheet that covers the frozen continent isshowing signs of melting. And everywhere glaciers areretreating, posing an enormous future threat to the watersupplies of billions of people.Faced with this and many other warnings of disasters tocome, the world’s governments still managed to squanderthe chance of working out the basis of a new, effective,fair, inclusive treaty at the Copenhagen climate summit,even though, when the meeting opened, it was almostwithin their grasp. There will be many post mortems onhow it could have gone so inexplicably wrong, but weneed to look forward, not back, and use the crucial yearahead to ensure that a treaty is agreed and finalized whengovernments meet again in Mexico in December 2010, ifnot before.One benefit from Copenhagen was the emergence ofa strong voice from youth, demanding that they shouldnot inherit a planet where it would be hard to live decentlives. Their voice joined with those of the small islandstates and African countries, who are among those mostvulnerable to global warming, to create a new fault line ininternational diplomacy – between the big polluters andtheir potential victims. We must not let that momentumbe lost, but shame our leaders into action by asking themhow they can dare to endanger our future. And we mustregulate our own consumption so as to lead low-carbonlives, both to give us the authority to speak, and for thesake of the planet.
Climate and the Winter Olympics
is the rise in global temperatures (since ‘pre-industrial levels’) that has been recognized by theCopenhagen Accord as the upper allowable limit.
is the number of accredited young people allowedto attend the final session of the Copenhagen ClimateConference (COP-15).
is COP-16, the next UN climate meeting, which will beheld in Mexico in December 2010. This provides the nextopportunity to come to a binding international agreementon climate change.
is the percentage of CO
emissions that come fromforest degradation and loss. Recognition of UN-REDD (amechanism for reducing these emissions) was one of theachievements of COP-15.
is the number of nations attending COP-15.
is the number of youth advocates accredited forthe COP-15.
is the hottest year on record, but some predict that2010 will be yet hotter.
is the number of people evacuated from theCarteret Islands in May 2009 because of rising sea levels.
is the number of young people who made theirvoices heard in Copenhagen.
is the number of people who will lose their homewhen Tuvalu becomes uninhabitable as a result of risingsea levels.
is the number of people accredited to theCopenhagen COP-15. But the Bella Centre, where theConference took place, had capacity for just 15,000.
is the number of global citizens who signed apetition asking political leaders to sign a climate deal inCopenhagen that was ambitious, fair and binding.
is the quantity of US dollars committedby developed countries in the Copenhagen Accord forclimate change adaptation and mitigation between 2010and 2012, with priority given to the most vulnerablenations, such as the least developed countries, smallisland developing states and Africa.
is the quantity of US dollars that, by2020, must be mobilized annually by the developedcountries to address the needs of developing countries,according to the Copenhagen Accord.

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