03.06.2015 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO message for the World Environment Day

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2015


Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

We live in a world transforming deeply, rocked by multiple crises, on a planet facing rising pressure. 

Environmental change has never been so deeply interconnected with our societies as it is today, in this era that many scientists call the Anthropocene, when human activity is the major force shaping the planetary system. The impact that individual women and men are having on the sustainability of the planet may not always be visible -- but consider the impact of seven billion women and men, and it becomes clear that daily choices matter.  

Environmental change is not just about carbon – it is, fundamentally, about women and men, it is about how we produce and consume in society. The environment is intertwined with human values and behaviour, directly linked to our livelihoods, urban development and nature conservation as well as migration patterns, affecting also the use of water and land, impacting on species survival.

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