This year’s Earth Day theme is Billion Acts of Green®. The purpose of this theme is to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. The campaign calls for people of all nationalities to commit to an act that helps reduce carbon emissions and promotes sustainability. The act can be a simple gesture, such as washing laundry in cold water, or immense, like picking up a million pounds of trash. Whatever the act may be, Earth Day is a great time to generate as many as possible in your community. Collectively, these acts will not only have an impact on global carbon emissions, but will also demonstrate the power of small every-day individual acts of green.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is meeting in Bangkok from 3 – 8 April, 2011 to discuss action plans following decisions made at COP 16 in Cancun Mexico.
|Water is essential for very being |
(Photo: T. Lhamtshok, RSPN)
The theme for 2011 World Water Day is, "Water for Cities: Shared Water, Shared Responsibilities". In Bhutan, the event will be commemorated in Khasadrapchu Middle Secodary School in Thimphu on March 22 with various thematic programs like talks on water quality, water theme songs and cultural dances, extempore speech, art competition on water, etc.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your warm sympathy for the Japanese people who are affected by the last week's earthquake and tsunami", said Mr. Tomoki Nitta, the Resident Represenative of JICA Bhutan office. "We will convey to our Japanese Embassy in New Delhi and to JICA head office in Tokyo".
Kyoto Hall Of Fame 24 February, 2011 - The Fourth Druk Gyalpo has been inducted into the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to the protection of the global environment.
In a ceremony attended by around 600 people, including Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino-miya and Princess Kiko-Sama and prominent citizens of Japan, Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck received the hall of fame award on behalf of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on February 13.
With an objective to mitigate the impacts of climate change on water resources in the mountain ecosystem, three-day workshop (February 9-11) was held at Paro.
Presentations on measures to fight such impacts were made by the participants from India and Nepal, which were relevant to Bhutan. Besides, participants were also briefed on the intact water scenario in the country and the policies executed.
January 31, 2011 - Villagers of the little Phobjikha valley have been setting examples for quite some time. The small community in the glacial valley, which is the home to the endangered black-necked cranes live in harmony with nature, sacrificed developments for long to preserve the environment and is a favourite tourist destination.
Friday, January 21, 2011 - Pamela King, E&E reporter
An environmental group in Bhutan is among the recipients of the 2010 Award for Creative and Effective Institutions by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Royal Society for Protection of Nature, along with the Chicago-based Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and 10 other nonprofits with budgets under $5 million received funds ranging from $350,000 to $1 million from the foundation.