UN Observance: International Youth Day, August 12, 2016


On Friday August 12, the UN commemorates International Youth Day.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

shutterstock_52043416Key facts about consumption:

  • Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted while almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry;
  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually;
  • Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

Sustainable consumption entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations. The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimize waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development.

Sustainable Consumption and Production Case study: The Film4Climate Initiative

shutterstock_75498292The Film4Climate initiative is dedicated to greening the silver screen. Film4Climate is a global campaign committed to developing a concrete plan to mitigate the environmental impact of film production as well as raising awareness about climate change through cinema.

The initiative to green the film industry has a dual purpose: To reduce the environmental impact of film production—making a movie, especially a blockbuster, produces massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions; and to spread climate change messages through cinema. Messages woven in an engrossing story on the big screen changes minds, and hearts.

To learn more about environmental film, make sure you attend the 6th edition of the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (www.dreff.org) on September 13-18, 2016.


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