On Earth Day, harnessing the power of nature to heal herself
Natural Resources and the Environment
In the path of the monarch butterfly
Forests are vital for biodiversity, providing a home to 80 percent of life on land. But with millions of hectares of forest lost every year, biodiversity is under threat. We need to care for our only home by caring for our forests.
Guardian of the ‘Knuckles’ range
In the heart of the spectacular forests of Papua New Guinea, zoologist Grace Luke is on a team collecting data to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that negatively impact the p
Protecting Humanity’s Safety Net
The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and is home to some 80% of all life in the world, making it the planet's largest biosphere. But the ocean is facing unprecedented threats as a result of human activities. In preparation for the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference, the General Assembly is convening a 2-day meeting to support SDG 14 - conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
Nominations for 2020 opened on 20 January 2020 for four categories:
- - Policy leadership
- - Inspiration and action
- - Entrepreneurial vision
- - Science and innovation
Submission deadline: 20 March 2020.
This initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to tackle the root causes of plastic pollution, enabling businesses and governments to take joint action. To achieve this vision, tourism companies and destinations will be required to make a set of concrete and actionable commitments by 2025.
The huge wildfires in Australia, Amazon, California, the Congo basin and Indonesia have drawn the world’s attention to the risks associated with extended periods of unusually hot and dry weather, which is an effect of climate change. The global average temperature is now 1.1°C higher than at the beginning of last century. Higher temperatures create, in some parts of the world, drier conditions, increasing the likelihood and intensity of wildfires, and megafires.
As you make your New Year’s resolutions, keep the environment in mind. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. UNEP’s change-maker community is happy to lead the way. Read on for inspiration, so that you can kick off 2020 as a more sustainable global citizen!
From grassroots champions and corporate leaders to political pioneers, we celebrate champions taking bold action for our world. Now is the time to step up. We need heroes to champion change.