You can now help UNEP choose the World Environment Day 2014 slogan, by voting for your favorite. World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest annual celebration of positive environmental action across the globe, held annually on 5 June. This year, the WED theme is Small Island Developing States and Climate Change.
Small Island Developing States and climate change
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) across the world face numerous unique challenges. SIDS are on the frontline of one of the most critical environmental struggles of our time – climate change – which leaves coastal communities around the globe vulnerable to floods and storm surges. Small Island Developing States are often the most exposed.
Moreover, if sea level rise caused by climate change remains unchecked, some nations, such as Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu will eventually become uninhabitable. A large share of the population of many other Small Island Developing States will be displaced or otherwise adversely impacted.
However, many Small Island Developing States countries have been successful in overcoming a number of their environmental challenges – including adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. For example, while many Small Island Developing States have little or no access to modern and affordable energy sources, and energy prices are among the highest globally, a number of island nations have identified innovative, renewable sources of energy and are beginning to mainstream them.
Vote for your favorite WED Solgan
Join the United Nations in spotlighting issues facing SIDS linked to climate change by voting for the 2014 World Environment Day slogan. Go to www.unep.org/wed to choose the slogan that you feel captures the 2014 theme most effectively.
Here are the slogans to choose from:
- No one is an island: think globally
- Island voices. Global choices
- Raise your voice, Not the sea level
- Climate Action. Island Protection
- No one is an island. Act globally
Voting ends on 5 March 2014 and the winning slogan – which will be used to call on the global community to take action – will be announced soon after. Invite your family, friends, school and community to vote as well.