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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. 

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day to be held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience, creates jobs, raises incomes and increases food security, helps biodiversity to recover, locks away the atmospheric carbon warming the Earth, slowing climate change. It can also lessen...


Half of the clothes sold online are made from virgin plastic

Half of the clothes sold online are made from virgin plastic

Despite the intention to reduce the enormous environmental impact of the fashion industry, about half of the clothes sold by major fashion brands online are made entirely of virgin plastic, i.e. that produced using raw materials and not recycled materials. This was revealed by a study by the Royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce (RSA), which analyzed about 10 thousand garments found on sites over two weeks in May. It was found that an average of 49% were made entirely of new plastics such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. In some cases, only 1% of the clothes contained recycled...


World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our one global ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. By working together, we can — and will — protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June with continuing engagement year-round!

World Environment Day 2021

World Environment Day 2021

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated 5 June as World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.

There has never...


We’re eating the planet!

We’re eating the planet!

Much of the meat sold in supermarkets is produced in intensive farms: real meat factories. In order to produce and sell more and more and at ever lower prices, animals are subjected to atrocious treatments, water, soil and air are polluted and forests and biodiversity are destroyed to make room for the production of feed.

Let’s change the rules of this system! The food choices we make today determine the state of the planet on which we will live tomorrow. A 50% global reduction in the production and consumption of animal products to 2050 is necessary to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate...