Wednesday, April 20, 2011
EARTH DAY 2011: A LESSON TO TANZANIA
In recognition of the power of millions of individual actions, Earth Day 2011 organizes around a Billion Acts of Green; Personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably.
“A Billion Acts of Green”, is the theme chosen for Earth Day on 22 April, 2011 to inspire and reward both simple individual acts, organizational and governmental initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions, supporting sustainability and to register one billion actions in advance of the Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.
The elements of the 2011 Earth Day campaign include Greening Schools; as the schools are the forerunner of the national education and environmental movements. Green schools provide also an extremely cost-effective way to enhance student learning and health, reduce operational costs and environmental impacts, and increase a community’s overall quality and competitiveness, the canopy project that aims at planting over 1 million trees in large-scale, governmental‐supported or in partnership with non‐profit organizations throughout the world, Women and the Green Economy campaign, that requires government and NGOs to engage women business to create a policy agenda for Rio+20 and relevant generating national initiatives that will promote the green economy, secure educational and job training opportunities for women and channel green investment to benefit women. On the other hand, establishing and enhancing an innovative education program developed to teach sustainability and environmental education through museum and arts community networks, called the Arts for the Earth.
Fulfilling the elements of the 2011 Earth Day, will help us green our future, one million trees at a time, to accelerate and provide the new thinking and creative power for a global post-carbon economy. Tanzania, as a country should learn, adopt and fully implement the possible elements of the 2011 Earth Day, such as, Women and the Green Economy (WGC) campaign, the canopy project and the Arts for the Earth elements for its cleaner and greener environment for sustainable development, as it has many museums, land, different natural resources, women and men and the youths if well empowered and fully involved may develop projects or engage themselves in different activities leading to cleaner and greener Tanzania.
Written by; Deodatus Kiriba-YET 2011
Reviewed by; Victoria Maeda, ASSISTANT TRAINING OFFICER FOR CSOS PROGRAMME, WWF-TCO