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June 8, 2015

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked:

Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging vision for sustainable development, including the new set of sustainable development goals now being prepared to guide the global fight against poverty for the next 15 years. Climate change poses a great challenge for the health and productivity of the oceans. The science is ...

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June 4, 2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

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The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principle vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness of the environment and responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. This years’ theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

Italy—a country at the forefront of global action towards improved global nutrition and resource use—is the global host this year. Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment, remarked, “This year, WED will focus on the need to respect the carrying capacity of the planet and to manage natural resources efficiently—all aspects that are of utmost importance if ...

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June 2, 2015

Our home, God's creation

by Amelie Clemot

World Environment Day LogoThe earth, God's creation, is our home: we rely upon it for air, shelter, food and water... Yet, we humans are the earth's biggest threat. How is it that we are comfortable destroying the very thing on which we depend for life and existence?

Well, it could be because we just don't think about the environment during our day-to-day life. Sure, most of us try to recycle our food packages, but I will be the first to admit that when I'm at the grocery store I do not base my purchasing decisions on ...

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November 5, 2014

Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment

by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig

This article was posted on EthicsDaily.com in preparation for the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict on November 6. Check EthicsDaily.com for more articles, videos and news.

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Ancient words from Deuteronomy remind us of the relationship between conflict and the environment created by God.”If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by ...

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July 1, 2014

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

by Christina Gore

Monday marked the start of a seven daylong discussion on sustainable development at the United Nations. This forum focuses on finding an integrated approach to developing in a way that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This may seem like an impossible task, but as Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Most of the panelists and delegates who spoke today about the post 2015 development agenda were positive in regards to the outcome of this forum. Many noted that this is a pivotal moment in which we can help to create ...

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