Search Results for Tag: 2011
Youth and the Future
It was Young and Future Generations Day at COP17 in Durban on Thursday, and among the many events, talks and side events that took place on that day alone, one message came across very clear and loud: it is time to act, the time for political inactions has run out. If the world doesn’t act now it might be too late.
Young people and their future are actually at the center of these talks, because it is their future that’s being talked about. They are the primary stakeholders in the outcome of this conference. So they have the right to demand more of the negotiators, and of the targets they are setting. In a session called “An Intergenerational Inquiry” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres warned youth not to pick up the bad habits of negotiators and stay ambitious. In response, 16-year old Mokgadi Seemola silenced the room in stating, “Because of some of the wrong decisions some negotiators have made, my dream is shattered.” Drought has devastated her South African community and now she faces the harsh realities of climate change. She had hopes to share the world she grew up in with her children, and that’s now impossible.
One would hope that negotiators at this conference had heard the message: that there is no time to wait any longer on coming to a binding agreement on how to stop climate change. There is not much time left. So, what action will they take?
(Report based on Eco, the NGO newsletter by CAN at the UNFCCC meeting in Durban)
DateDecember 2, 2011
Tags2011, cop17, Durban, event, future generations day, global ideas, interview, South Africa, youtube
Another gem for the showcase
Recently the 2011 Winners for the PromaxBDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Awards have been announced. And guess what, the GLOBAL IDEAS design team has been awarded three times. We are very happy with the decision. And as we heard, the awards show in New York must have been fun.
Today we are glad to add the following gems into our nice little showcase:
1. Gold Award for “ART DIRECTION & DESIGN”
2. Silver Award for “NEWS: OPEN/TITLES”
3. Silver Award for “TOTAL PACKAGE DESIGN”
For those who would like to read it in writing, here’s the winners list.
DateJuly 4, 2011
The Year of Forests
As we ring in 2011, the United Nations is inviting everyone to celebrate the International Year of Forests. The UN wants to raise awareness about the importance of forests on our planet and educate people about the issues facing our forests today. And, organizers hope the year-long tribute will inspire people to take action and contribute to forest preservation around the world.
According to the UN, forests cover 31% of total land area on the planet and account for 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide a home for more than 300 million people worldwide. And, an incredible 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood–from making and trading important products to farming, and so on.
You can find a detailed list of events and celebrations taking place across the globe on the UN's website. One of the major events will be the International Forest Film Festival that takes place at UN headquarters in New York in February. The festival features a series of international films that address different themes, like 'Living Forests,' 'Issues & Solutions,' and 'This is My Forest.' You can check out some clips from the finalists here.
DateJanuary 3, 2011
Tags2011, biodiversity, film festival, forest preservation, International Year of Forestes, livelihood, UN, United Nations