Turn Down the Heat

Climate Change, Environment, Global warming, Sea level rise 4 Comments »

turn down the heatThe report Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal is a result of contributions from a wide range of experts from across the globe. The report follows Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, released in June 2013 and Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, released in November 2012. Read the full report


Grow and Eat Your Own Food Seychelles

Environment, Food, Sustainable Living 4 Comments »

book coverWith the second edition of ‘Grow and Eat Your Own Food Seychelles recently published, you can learn how to cultivate and care for your own vegetable garden. This book also has recipes for delicious and healthy meals.

Copies are available for sale in bookshops in Seychelles but can also be ordered via Nature Seychelles.

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Our Friends the Pollinators

Biodiversity, books, Food, Teacher resources 7 Comments »

[Pollinator-Handbook-Martins-April-201pollinators-coverNature Kenya’s (BirdLife Partner in Kenya) Insect Committee have made available for free download a pollinators conservation handbook. “Our Friends the Pollinators: A Handbook of Pollinator Diversity and Conservation in East Africa” is written and illustrated  by Dino J Martins. According to the publishers The goal of the book “is to inspire excitement about pollinators, and make the link with food, and people’s livelihoods.” The book “also aims to create awareness, provide practical information on the diversity of pollinators in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi), and introduce you to a few of them.” An excerpt from the book says: “The relationships between insects and flowers are ancient, intricate, and fragile. Working with pollinators helps us to glimpse, and understand some of the most wonderfully beautiful, and complex interactions on the planet. We expect that the learning shared in this book will help to shape a strong grassroots movement that works for the protection of habitats, better farming practices, and the restoring of pollination services. We hope that our sense of wonder at pollinators, and their interaction with flowers, will pass to future generations through this book.” Download and share the handbook from this link

The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) #islands2014 launched

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cousinThe UN has officially launched 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) #islands2014

“The International Year is an opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary resiliency and rich cultural heritage of the people of small island developing States” — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Year of Small Island Developing States seeks to celebrate the contributions that this group of countries has made to the world. Small islands are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, and have enriched the world through their music, diversity and heritage.

Islanders are also at the forefront of efforts to protect the world’s oceans and their vast biodiversity, and are addressing pressing global issues such as climate change and rising sea levels through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

For more information on how you can get involved in the International Year go to http://www.un.org/islands2014


23rd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment

Environment, Food, Sustainable Living 3 Comments »

unep-children-competitionThe International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries.

This year’s theme is FOOD WASTE

Subthemes: Save the Planet—Save Food, Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet

The organizers are inviting children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their regions.  The children will have until 15 March 2014 to submit their paintings.

Download the competition information booklet here: http://www.thinkeatsave.org/downloads/23rd-Painting-competition.pdf

To help inspire you, please visit UNEP’s Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint website: www.thinkeatsave.org.