Upcycling Project Protects the Ganges from Pollution

Many persons know that the Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted water ways in the world. For instance, the river is often contaminated by insecticides and pesticides used to grow the tonnes of flowers that devotees offer at the nearby temples, which is usually dumped into the river afterwards. Yet, Young Champion of the Earth finalist, Ankit Agarwal is making a difference through his upcycling project, HelpUsGreen as noted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

One can click on the following link to get further details on the initiative introduced by Agarwal A colorful solution to flower waste

The Plastic Cup

With our upcoming beach clean-up campaign in mind, I recently read an article on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website that puts a bit of fun into cleaning up other people’s messes, while maintaining a healthy environment.

Such an event is known as The Plastic Cup, which sees various teams (known as Plastic Pirates) travelling along the Tisza River,  a major tributary of the Danube River, that passes through countries such as Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Serbia, in boats made from recyclable materials, collecting plastic refuse that populate the waterway.

Doesn’t that sound like fun!

To read more about such a fun but noble event click on the following link  The world’s river and streams need more of this Plastic Cup

One can also visit the additional resources posted within the article such as the event’s official website and official story video trailer for more information.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

On June 17 2018, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification would be observing “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought”.

The UNCCD Secretariat invites various organizations such as international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to draw attention to land issues and educate the public about effective methods of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality on 17 June each year.

This years theme would be “The Land Has True Value: Invest in it”

2018 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought poster
2018 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought poster

One can find more information and related media on the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification page.