Blog Action Day

Poverty and the Environment

Posted on 15 October 2007. Filed under: Blog Action Day, Development, Environment |

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

The relationships between poverty and environment degradation are highly debated. In commemoration of BLOG ACTION DAY, we highlight this controversial topic with a few lines in support of this fact.

Because poor people have limited financial resources, they depend on the environment for their basic needs, such as water, food, shelter. When environmental degradation occurs, the capacity of poor people to make decisions that contribute to their well-being is undermined. Until the high degree of dependency of poor people on the environment is addressed, poverty alleviation will not be achieved.

The concept of sustainable development – ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ – is typically conceptualised under three topics which are – economic, social and environmental. More often than not, the environmental aspect is often totally neglected or given inadequate attention. As a result many environmental trends, in relation to poverty alleviation, are negative.

UNEP’s Poverty and Environment Project is founded upon the premise that the sustainable use of ecosystems on which people rely will contribute to poverty reduction. This is so because poor people rely disproportionately on ecosystem services for their basic needs, such as food, water, and shelter, because they lack the financial resources to meet these needs through the market. Thus, by finding creative ways of improving access to and management of natural resources, the capacity of poor people to make decisions that will contribute to their well-being will increase. Not only will poor people be more able to meet their daily needs, but environmental sustainability will be promoted.

In recognition of this link, UNEP has developed a four-year project that aims to increase developing countries’ capacity to mainstream environment into poverty reduction policies and programmes. Such mainstreaming will ensure that efforts to reduce poverty are not undermined by the unsustainable use of resources.

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Today is ‘Blog Action Day’: One Issue, Thousands of Voices

Posted on 15 October 2007. Filed under: Blog Action Day, Environment |

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day
Thousands of voices will speak out today – 15 October 2007 – for the environment for the first-ever Blog Action Day. This non-profit event, partnered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is an unprecedented call for bloggers around the planet to write about environmental issues on the same day.

Over 10,000 blogs are taking part in the event, and the incredibly diverse range of websites taking part is a powerful signal that the environment affects every one of us.: they include environmental blogs like “Greensavvy” as well as practical sites such as “Ask the career counsellor”, and they span the planet from “My Kiev Journal” to the “Indian cookery podcast”.

At the heart of this innovative idea is the message that by uniting the world’s blogging community, we can reach a combined audience of millions to raise awareness of the environment, get people thinking and trigger a global debate. The range of topics bloggers can write about is virtually endless: from green household tips to climate change, and from local pollution to major worldwide initiatives like the UNEP-led Billion Tree Campaign.

UNEP welcomes the simple yet powerful concept of Blog Action Day and calls on bloggers around world to participate. To find out more, go to Blog Action Day.

For more information, please contact

Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, at tel: +254 20 762 3084, mobile: +254 733 632755, or e-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org; or Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, at tel: +254 20 762 3088, or e-mail: anne-france.white@unep.org.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.

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