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Effect Change Today – World Environment Day

World Environment Day 2013 is here today!

Get ready to green up Portland, Oregon, the chosen North American host city, with Mongolia receiving the global host distinguishment.

How does W.E.D. differ from Earth Day, or all the other “green” holidays?

It’s simple: Earth Day is celebrated worldwide by people of all faiths, races, political backgrounds, etc. It’s a day for humanity to take the time to recognize the fragility of our planet, and create personal vows to make better eco-choices.

On the other hand, World Environment Day is a time to be specific about the things we’d like to change. Each year, a host city is converged upon by scientists, intellectuals, researchers, and other leading voices in climate research and Earth science.

The host city chooses the main theme, sets the tone for the conference, and picks the topics they want to have covered. This event is highly coordinated and planned ahead in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme.

This year, in the U.S., Portland will lead the world in effecting change, beginning with their own city. They’ll host rallies, cleanup efforts, workshops, youth events, and more, all for the purpose of educating people on the necessity to conserve, recycle, reuse, etc. Check out this endorsement video, and continue reading after the break.

To summarize, World Environment Day is a pretty big deal. It’s to Earth Day what University is to High School; a time for the grownups to work on the bigger picture. It’s less idealistic than Earth Day, and more about finding real solutions.

It was first established by the U.N. in 1972, as a means to “give a human face to environmental issues.”

Since then, 37 W.E.D. events have been held around the globe to commemorate the day.

Some of the important issues covered by W.E.D. include global warming, eco-conservation, world economics, eco-governance, and more.

One of the big themes this year is Reduce Your Foodprint, to bring global focus on the diminishing food supplies of many underdeveloped nations, and to plan for the food supply of the future.

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