GFDD and Funglode to Present a Special Panel Discussion Commemorating Earth Day 2015

GFDD and Funglode will host a panel discussion focused on the issues of climate change and sustainable development, at Funglode headquarters on April 22. The event which will include interventions from policy specialists and advocates will seek to commemorate Earth Day 2015 under the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead”. 

About Earth Day

image001The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities globally each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The global theme of this year’s Earth Day is: It’s Our Turn to Lead.

2015 needs to be the year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. Political progress has been slow-moving to cut carbon emissions. But with our help, world leaders will step up and finally adopt a meaningful post 2015 development agenda and pass a binding climate change treaty in Paris at the end of the year.

GFDD/Funglode Earth Day Event: Funglode Auditorium, April 22

Its Our Turn to LeadWith these imperatives in mind, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) are putting together a panel discussion on April 22 at Funglode headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with interventions from policy specialists and advocates in the field of climate change and sustainable development. The debates will allow participants to take a step back and assess the progress made to date by the Dominican Republic at both the national and the international level in the fight against climate change and our transition to a green economy. Throughout the discussion we will consider what low-carbon policies work and what improvements need to be made for the country to achieve its objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030.

Event particulars

When: Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 7:00PM to 9PM

Where: Funglode Headquarters,  Calle Capitán Eugenio de Marchena #26, La Esperilla. Santo Domingo. República Dominicana.


  • Ms. Maria Victoria Abreu Malla, GFDD International Affairs and Socio-Economic Development Program Manager (Moderator of the session).
  • Mr. Glenn Denning, New York Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network;
  • Mr. Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism of the Dominican Republic;
  • Mr. Emil Chireno, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (Emil will potentially bring to the event some young Dominican environmental activist who will showcase some of their initiatives);
  • Ms. Maria Eugenia Morales, Environment and Energy Programme Officer, UNDP – Dominican Republic;


  • Ms. Gina Rosario, Lawyer, Focal point of the Caribbean Youth Environment network.

Earth Day Campaigns: Climate Education Week

The Climate Education Week Toolkit is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with everything you need. The Toolkit includes a week’s worth of lesson plans, activities, and contests for students that meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Each day covers a different theme related to climate change with two highlighted activities handpicked by Earth Day Network for your use.

To find out more please visit the official website Link:

Or visit the official YouTube Link:

Earth Day Event in the Dominican Republic: Green Fest at the National Botanical Garden, April 26

INDIA-ENVIRONMENT-EARTH DAYThe US Embassy through its Green Team and the Environment Ministry’s support will host its traditional “Green Fest” at the National Botanical Garden to mark International Earth Day, starting 10am Sunday. The Green FEst aims to raise awareness for the entire family on the importance of preserving the environment and of taking actions that reduce human impact on the planet. In its fifth year Green Fest will bring together more than 70 exhibitors to show showcase their green initiatives to protect the environment, under the theme “It’s our time to lead.”

To find out more about this event please click here.

Young Environmental Campaigners: 11 year old Felix Finkbeiner

EarthDay Picture11-year-old Felix Finkbeiner’s quest to plant 1 million trees in Germany as a way to reduce greenhouse gases is inspirational. In a film screened as part of the series Young Voices for the Planet follows Felix explains, “Each tree that we plant takes up 10 kilos of CO2 every year, and each tree is a symbol of climate justice.”

The 10 minute film is available in full here.

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