UN staff are being invited to make a pledge in the run up to World Environment Day (5 June) 2012.
The Greening the Blue Pledge-athon provides an opportunity for UN staff to join in with celebrations for World Environment Day 2012 by commiting to undertake one small action which will help to reduce their carbon footprint.
Examples of pledges made so far include choosing trains over planes where possible and having a meat free day once a week. Staff can either sign up to an existing pledge or create their own. When a user submits a pledge their name appear on a map of the world.
Everyone who pledges will be entered into a prize draw, giving them the chance of winning one of five prizes - a box of fair-trade chocolates, a box of renewable light bulbs, a bicycle bell, a top of the range water-bottle or a vegetarian cook book. Anyone who promotes the campaign via Twitter will also be included in the draw, as well as anyone who shares it via Facebook.
World Environment Day takes place on the 5th of June each year and aims to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
Organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the event seeks to personalize environmental issues and enable everyone to realize their responsibility and become an agent for change.
Isabella Marras, Coordinator of the Sustainable United Nations team explains:
“Asking staff to make a pledge is a really simple way of reaching out to individuals and empowering them to take action. Many of the pledges are just small changes, but changes which can have a big impact if enough people do them.”
You can make a pledge by visiting the Pledge Page and telling us what you’re planning to do.
Click here to see a list of everyone who's pledged so far.
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