WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY IS ON JUNE 5, 2011!!!
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually as a means of raising awareness about the environment and mobilizing people to action. People from across the globe will be joining forces this weekend and during the week, to participate in projects that celebrate our environment and our world ... and Tread Lightly is no exception! As such, there is a lot of buzz and excitement going around TIG about the international video conference that Tread Lightly will be hosting this Friday, June 3, in commemoration of WED!!!
Bringing together schools from different countries and giving students the opportunity to engage with each other on issues of the environment is what this conference is all about. To top it off, we have two amazing guest speakers who will be joining in on the discussions and speaking about how they have used their careers as conduits for change. If you want to get your classroom involved just contact [email protected] and we will give you all of the details!
Our guests for the conference are:
Chris Linder is a renowned photographer and oceanographer. His concentration has been on science and environmental photography, as he continues to document different research teams as they work to study the effects of climate change on the environment. His work has taken him all over the world, even to more remote places like the Arctic and Antarctic, and his photographs have been featured internationally in books, museums and other exhibits. His art is poetic and inspiring, and the ultimate goal of his mission is to move people take responsibility for the world around them. Take a look at his pieces and find out a more about him at www.chrislinder.com.
Rob Stewart is the award-winning director of Sharkwater, a film that received worldwide acclaim for its thought-provoking message. Seeking to quell the unbridled fear many people have about sharks, enhanced of course by other popular films like Jaws, Rob’s film looks to re-introduce these animals in a different light. As such, Sharkwater tackles the issues of shark exploitation and corruption, and leaves the audience with an understanding of how the shark has gone from predator to prey at the hands of human beings. You can check out the trailer for the movie and other information at www.sharkwater.com.
It's quite exciting I know!!! And I hope you are all looking forward to doing something special for WED! If any of you are still looking for something to do to celebrate the day I have a few ideas.
If you’re looking to keep it kind of simple and easy, you can:
- Ride your bike or walk wherever you need to go, instead of taking the car or public transport.
- Put together information packs about the environment and hand them out at school or in your local area.
- Use social media forums like blogging, Twitter or Facebook to spread the word about WED and environmental issues.
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you can:
- Organize a tree planting party with your school, neighbourhood or community.
- Plan a concert, theater production or art exhibition centered on raising awareness of the issues.
- Have a garage sale or a pledge marathon (walk/bike/pet walk/etc) with all the proceeds going to your favourite environmental charity.
And one last idea:
- Take the Tread Lightly Challenge! I definitely encourage you to check it out at http://treadlightly.tigweb.org/challenges/.
If you want more information about WED and want to get more detailed information about planning different events, check out the UNEP’s website at http://www.unep.org/wed/about/. If you're looking for different events that might be taking place in your area check out TIG's events page and calendar at http://www.tigweb.org/resources/events/.
Once you know what you'll be doing, I would love for you to log your event in our database and let others know what you will be doing for the day. Hey, you never know... your ideas and events just might be what inspire other people to get involved in changing our world! Post your event on the events page at http://www.tigweb.org/resources/events/
There are a TON of different activities you can organize or participate in!!! And I would LOVE to hear your ideas! So please let me know what you have planned for WED!!!
Until next time, remember to Tread Lightly!
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