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World Environment Day Feature

Beyond 2030: Youth Taking Charge of the Environment

“The consequences of failing to sensibly and effectively manage the environment are profound and far-reaching”- Antonio Guterres (2017) World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. The theme for 2018,  #BeatPlasticPollution, is a remind

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Highlights from UN Entities


Statement by UNDP Administrator for World Environment Day 2018

On World Environment Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Administrator, Achim Steiner, reiterated the detrimental effects of single-use plastic, which to date has amassed an island of plastic 3 times the size of France, and is curren …

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Go Wild for Life!

On World Environment Day, Ms Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) delivered remarks about how wildlife is an integral piece of our environment and biosphere. She has stressed be …

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UNEP World Map of Events

World Map of Events

For the week of World Environmental Day, UNEP put together a World Map of Events which youth can use to help identify global events and activities related to the day. One activity accessed from the map is about a campaign involving 600 students and sco …

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Why You Are Never Too Young to Make a Difference

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP’s) Young Champions of the Earth recipient (2016)  Afroz Shah dedicates every weekend to wade through Mumbai’s shores to pick up debris including  plastic waste along the coastline. Due to his environmental …

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Articles by Youth

Snaliah Mahal

Climate Change and Pollution in the Caribbean by Snaliah Mahal

When you live in a small island country in the Caribbean with a population less than the size of a village in some countries, you sometimes wonder what impact you can have in the world. However, the size of our countries should not deter us from speaki …

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Kerricia Hobson

Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Key to Grenada’s Sustainability by Kerricia Hobson

In Grenada, youth and fishermen from two local communities play a critical role in the restoration of coral reefs. These ‘Community Coral Gardeners’ form part of an innovative ecosystem-based adaptation strategy that was designed and tested to determin …

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Jamilla Sealy

SIDS and Climate Change by Jamilla Sealy

The Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are one group of countries acutely vulnerable to climate change issues. SIDS are often characterized by limited resources. The islands typically lack sufficient land, food, water and fuel and are pred …

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Adrian Watson

Social Impacts of Environmental Degradation by Adrian Watson

Keywords: Environment

Jamaica has, like much of the rest of the Caribbean, struggled with homelessness, youth unemployment, climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. One may question what homelessness and youth unemployment have to do with environmental issues. Consi …

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Dariana Mattei

Resiliency in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria by Dariana Mattei-Ramos

Hurricane Maria was a devastating climatic event in the Caribbean region that affected the food and agriculture sector of many small islands. In Puerto Rico, the local government estimated that 85 per cent of agriculture was lost. Prior to hurricanes I …

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Sade Deane

Beating Plastic Pollution with a Plan – My Experience in Barbados by Sade Deane

Efforts to ban plastic are a positive step initiated by many actors, though for the complete omission of plastics, we must first understand how plastic is integrated within several domains of our lives. There are many jobs linked to the plastic industr …

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Katrina Khan Roberts

Single Use Plastics by Katrina Khan-Roberts

I live in a Small Island Developing State (SID), vulnerable to contemporary global changes and challenges. This is intermingled with mismanagement of natural resources and processes. This ranges from the demand for raw materials to poor environmental p …

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Beating Plastic Pollution in Agriculture: Towards Innovative Recycling by Jhannel Tomlinson

Agriculture represents a critical share of the economies of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), specifically island nations like Jamaica where the sector contributes 7.9 per cent of national GDP (World Bank, 2018). With most agricultural chemicals a …

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UNEP: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concerns

Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

Keywords: Environment

The Frontiers 2017 report presents six emerging issues of environmental concern with global implications. The report highlights emerging challenges for decision makers from government, business and civil society and provides them with the knowledge and options to act quickly. Download the report here.

Towards a Pollution Free Planet

Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

UNEP’s Report, Towards a pollution-free planet, describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to action towards a pollution-free planet. Download the report here.

Opportunities for Youth

TUNZA Essay Competition

11th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition

UNEP in partnership with Samsung Engineering will launch ‘The 11thEco-generation Environmental Essay Competition,’ inviting youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the World Environment DayBeat Plastic Pollution. Deadline for Submission is 2 September 2018. Find out more information here.