GBM Blog Archive: November 2013
This blog was written by GBMI-Europe intern Erin Hostetler
Nearly a month ago, former Irish President, Mary Robinson, commanded that the global community needs a “platform for solidarity” in the international campaign against climate change. In her conversation with the host of Democracy Now!, an award-winning independent American news programme, Robinson claimed action needs to be taken to secure “economic, environmental and social sustainability”.
Today the Dr. Wangari MaathaiAward for Civic Participation in Sustainability officially began accepting nominations for 2014. The award for New York City high schoolstudents was inaugurated last year by the New York Restoration Project, with support from TheRockefeller Foundation, the Bette Midler Family Trust, NYC Parks, and the Municipal Art Society.
On 2nd November 2013, The Green Belt Movement and Peponi House Preparatory School embarked on a tree planting exercise in Karura Forest, at Wangari Maathai Corner in Karura forest to promote the “A Cleaner Environment for a Better Tomorrow as part of the schools awareness projects on environmental sustainability". The event was graced by GBM staff, Peponi House Parents Teachers Association (PTA) members and Peponi House pupils.
It is now generally agreed that climate change poses one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) notes that climate change, if not tackled, will have a severe negative impact on global water supply, agricultural yields, marine ecosystems and the spread of vector-borne diseases, and could result in the displacement of thousands of people from coastal cities and small islands (Kenya climate change action plan).