Message in a bottle: Raise your voice, not the sea level

World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and this year – in support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – WED has adopted SIDS in the broader context of climate change as its theme. UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are encouraging everyone to get involved in World Environment Day this year as they send an SOS to the world on behlf of SIDS.  Their message in a bottle aims to get you to ‘raise your voice, not the sea level’, recognising that we are all connected and that the challenges that face islands are global challenges that affect us all – so every action counts.

Message in a bottle Raise your voice not the sea level

Copyright: UNEP


You can join one of the celebrity teams and pledge your action for the environment to celebrate WED2014. The WED challenge aims to help build momentum towards the Third International Conference on SIDS in September thsi year and encourage a greater understanding of the importance of SIDS and of the urgency to help protect the islands in the face of growing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly as a result of climate change. 

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and sea level rise

small island developing statesThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that global sea levels are rising at an increased rate, which may have effects such as increased global temperatures, expansion of seawater  and sea level rise when polar ice melts. Small islands are the most vulnerable to sea level rise and the effects of climate change – they are also places that have been successful at implementing environmental initiatives taht increase resilience and show real innovation – for example, by transitioning to renewable sources of energy, by restoring mangrove ecosystems which protect against sever floods and storms and growing corals in nurseries to rehabiilitate degraded marine environments that also provide protection against weather effects and a source of food and livelihoods.

Take Action this World Environment Day

World Environment DAy: raise your voice not the sea levelEach celebrity Goodwill Ambassador is championing his or her own cause in support of this year’s WED theme, Raise Your Voice not the Sea Level. YOU can cast your own vote by pledging support to one of their activities at or on social media networks. Follow Gisele BünchenYaya TouréDon Cheadle, and Ian Somerhalder on Twitter and use the hastags #WorldEnvironmentDay #WED2014 and #WEDchallenge.





5 Responses to “Message in a bottle: Raise your voice, not the sea level”

  1. Femi Olokesusi June 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Given the serious scenarios painted by IPCC in its most recent reports, it is imperative that all stakeholders change their behaviours while policy makers formulate appropriate policies and strategies to reduce emissions of all GHGs soonest. This year’s Environment Day is therefore special!

  2. Shakeel June 5, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    The call of the time is to unite and protect natural resources and let your voice to reach each home, nook and corner of the world… don’t let your voice to fade and cry for a healthy planet

  3. Nasser Buhendi June 7, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    we celebrate This Day at out Island ,Kish,qeshm,hengam,hendoabi at Iran country .


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