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UN Secretary-General, UNEP Celebrate World Environment Day

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June 2008: Celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June, focused on climate

change, with the theme “Kick the CO2 Habit.” At the New York launch of the

“Together” campaign by the Climate Group, an international charity dedicated to

working with big business and government to help solve climate change, Ban

Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said “Climate change is too big a challenge for

any country, corporation, or community to address alone. Instead, it requires a

broad coalition acting together for the greater good... we are all part of the

solution.” The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched two reports on World

Environment Day.

One publication, “Kick the Habit: The UN Guide

to Climate Neutrality,” is categorized by UNEP as a “Rough guide to low carbon

living.” The other publication, “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in

the Tourism Sector,” was produced in collaboration with the UN World Tourism

Organization (UNWTO). On World Environment Day, UNEP publicized actions the

public can take to mitigate climate change, including reducing the weight of

luggage taken aboard airplanes, improving insulation and avoiding tumble

clothes dryers. Discussing the range of policy and individual actions that affect

climate change, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive

Director, said “…the public have the power to change the future – have the

power to personally and collectively influence economies to ‘Kick the CO2

Habit'.” [UN

Secretary-General's statement] [UN

News Centre article] [UNEP

Press Release: 2008 World

Environment Day website] [“Climate

Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tourism Sector”]