June

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13:00

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7:00 am

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EDT

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5

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2020

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global online broadcast

World Environment Day 2020

It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time #ForNature.

June

5

at

13:00

CEST

/

7:00 am

EST

EDT

EST

5

,

2020

World Environment Day 2020

It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time #ForNature.

This year's theme is biodiversity—a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events—from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia, locust infestations across East Africa, and now a global pandemic—demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist. 

Nature is sending us a message. To care for ourselves we must care #ForNature.

World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on June 5 since 1974, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities, and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.

Register — it's free

Program

All times are listed in Central European Summer Time (CEST) / Colombia standard time (COT)

13:00 / 6:00 a.m. Introduction from the Stockholm studio‍

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, host, We Don’t Have Time, and Jacob Trollbäck, the designer who created the communications platform for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Peter Elmberg, Honouring Our Mother Earth (H.O.M.E. Project)
    H.O.M.E. Project is a music video with artists from 25 different countries around the world. It will be introduced by its composer, Peter Elmberg.
  • Pavan Sukhdev, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
    A the former Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, founder and CEO of GIST Advisory Pavan has a lot to offer in the field of biodiversity and sustainability. 
  • Ingmar Rentzhog, The importance of having a climate dialogue
    All stakeholders, business, and non-governmental organizations—as well as citizens—need to work together.
  • A discussion about why we need biodiversity to solve the climate crisis
  • Louise Carlsson, expert on nature conservation and wildlife from WWF Sweden; Jakob Trollbäck, founder of The New Division.

14:30 / 7:30 a.m. Opening session: Colombia

Featuring: President of the Republic of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez; Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia Ricardo Lozano; UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Inger Andersen; Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno; Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab; President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, Andrew Steer; Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and other invited special guests and a message from Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres.


16:10 / 09:10 a.m. —Amazon, heart of planetary resilience

A panel discussion featuring Elizabeth Mrema (Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)), Luz Marina Mantilla (General Director of SINCHI Institute), Daniela Raik (Senior Vice-president of the Americas – Conservation International ), Juan Pablo Bonilla (Manager of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector of theInter-American Development Bank), Santiago Gowland (TNC Executive Vice President for Latin America) and Hernando Garcia (General Director of Humboldt Institute).

Moderator: Ana María Hernández (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - IPBES)

Organizer: Colombia’s Amazon Institute for Scientific Research - SINCHI and Colombia’s Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Biological Resources Research

Poll Q&A and Summary

Studio host and guests in Stockholm will have a Q&A with the Twitter audience about the previous and next sessions.

17:26 / 10:26 a.m. Sustainable use of biodiversity, green business and the covid-19 pandemic

A panel discussion featuring Inger Andersen (Executive Director of UNEP), Marco Lambertini (Director General of WWF), Cristian Samper (Executive Director and President of WCS, Thomas Lovejoy (George Mason University), Gregory Watson (Coordinator of Natural Capital Lab Inter-American Development Bank) and Patricia Llombart (Ambassador of the European Union).

Moderator: Sebastian Troëng (Executive Vicepresident  of Conservation International)

Organizer: Conservation International

Poll Q&A and Summary

Studio host and guests in Stockholm will have a Q&A with the Twitter audience about the previous and next sessions.

18:45 / 11:45 t a.m. Community and citizen initiatives 

Featuring updates from youth and leaders of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities and presenting videos of environmental action with communities. 


19:15 / 12:15 p.m. Biodivercities - The close relation between cities and environment 

A panel discussion featuring Adriana Lobo (Executive Director World Resource Institute México), Simon Stiell (Minister of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management, and Information of Grenada), Tatiana Gallego (Inter-American Development Bank), Elkin Velásquez (Regional Director of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean) and Manuel Felipe Olivera (Regional. Director for Latin. America - C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group).

Moderator: Jaime Pumarejo Heins, Mayor of Barranquilla

Organizer: Barranquilla City Hall

Poll Q&A and Summary

Studio host and guests in Stockholm will have a Q&A with the Twitter audience about the previous and next sessions.

20:15 / 1:15 p.m. Air quality and health

A panel discussion featuring: Gina Tambini (Representative of the Pan American Health Organization in Colombia), Fabiola Muñoz (Minister of Environment of Peru), Martin Jaggi (Cooperation Director of the Andean Regional Hub of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Helena Molin (Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat) and Sergio Sanchez (Senior Policy Director for the Global Clean Air Initiative - Environmental Defense Fund).

Moderator: Daniel Quintero, Mayor of Medellin

Organizer: Medellín City Hall

Poll Q&A and Summary

Studio host and guests in Stockholm will have a Q&A with the Twitter audience about the previous and next sessions.


21:00 / 2:00 p.m. Climate change

A panel discussion featuring: Patricia Espinosa (UNFCCC Executive Secretary), Manuel Pulgar (WWF Global Leader of Energy and Climate), Kate Hughes (Director for International Climate Change in the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment and Energy) and Graham Watkins (Head of the Inter-Americam Development Bank Climate Change Division).

Moderator: Ricardo Lozano (Colombia’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development)

Organizer: World Wildlife Fund - WWF

22:30-23:30 / 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Closing session: Stockholm and Ontario 

The Stockholm studio will summarize the day's broadcast, as well as the dialogue in Twitter and the We Don't Have Time app.

Release of a climate action video from Stockholm

EARTH COMES FIRST, Fridays For Future Sudbury, World Environment Day Event, Ontario, Canada

As our finale to World Environment Day we'll be showing a special event proving that climate action and ecojustice can be perfectly logical plus fun, inclusive, and creative! A Canadian 'Parachutes for the Planet' campaign supported by Sophia Mathur and other leading Canadian climate and environmental activists will have just taken place in Ontario. We'll be listening to Sophia's speech from a nearly empty City Hall for Greater Sudbury Ontario. Sophia is also a prolific and prominent Canadian climate and environmental activist and a member of Fridays For Future Canada.

Register — it's free

Selected speakers & hosts

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

 (
SE
)
Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this global broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow.

Inger Andersen

 (
DK
)
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Inger Andersen was appointed Executive Director of UNEP by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in February 2019 and was the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2015 to 2019. Ms. Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, and policy-making. Prior to joining IUCN, Ms. Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations and as vice president for sustainable development and head of the CGIAR Fund Council. Ms. Andersen holds a B.A. from London Metropolitan University North and an M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, with specialisation in development economics.

https://www.unenvironment.org/people/inger-andersen

António Guterres

 (
PT
)
Secretary-General, United Nations (UN)

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), took office on January 1, 2017. He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades, and witnessing the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps, and in war zones. Mr. Guterres has spent more than 20 years in government and public service. Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976, where he served as a member for 17 years. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration, and Refugees. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering.

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/biography

Marco Lambertini

 (
CH
)
Director General World Wildlife Fund - WWF

Marco Lambertini’s critical mission is to save life on Earth. With 35 years of conservation leadership, Mr. Lambertini began as a youth volunteer in his native Italy. Prior to joining WWF, he served as Chief Executive of BirdLife International He managed a highly decentralized secretariat, overseeing a global partnership of over 120 civil society organizations based in countries and territories in all continents. Marco has a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Pisa and has published several books.

https://wwf.panda.org/organization/dg_bios/

Jakob Trollbäck

 (
SE
)
Sustainable communications expert

Jakob Trollbäck is the designer of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the framework that is the world’s roadmap to a safe future. He has worked as a designer and communications specialist for 30 years, primarily from his company Trollbäck in New York. Three years ago he founded the New Division in Stockholm, a company dedicated to strategic communication focusing on sustainability.

https://www.thenewdivision.world/

Ingmar Rentzhog

 (
SE
)
CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and chairman of think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenges).

http://www.wedonthavetime.org

Elizabeth Mrema

 (
TZ
)
Director, Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Mrs. Mrema has worked with UNEP for over two decades, based in Bonn, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Her work at UNEP has focused on the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws at national, regional, and international levels. Before joining UNEP, Mrs. Mrema worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a lecturer in public international law and conference diplomacy at Tanzania's Centre for Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. She has published several articles related to international environmental law, compliance, and enforcement of conventions, and she has developed, among other things, a number of multilateral environmental agreements negotiation tools, handbooks, and guidelines. Mrs. Mrema is a lawyer and career diplomat with LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, LLM from Dalhousie University, Canada, and postgraduate diploma in International Relations.

https://www.unenvironment.org/people/elizabeth-mrema

Adriana Lobo

 (
MX
)
CEO, World Resource Institute México

Adriana Lobo studied civil engineering at the Escola Politécnica of the University of Sao Paulo and has more than 20 years of experience promoting sustainable policies, urban mobility projects, urban development, and environment. During the 14 years since its inauguration, the World Resources Institute Mexico (formerly CTS EMBARQ Mexico) has promoted an impact toward sustainable cities, recently expanding to include energy, climate, and forests. She worked for more than six years as Technical Director of the consulting firms Cal y Mayor y Asociados, SC and Transconsult, SC.

https://www.wri.org/profile/adriana-lobo

Pavan Sukhdev

 (
CH
)
CEO, GIST Impact

Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, innovator, influencer and the former Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative. Pavan founded GIST Advisory, a sustainability consulting firm measuring and valuing business impacts across all SDG’s. Pavan has served on many NGO Boards, including Conservation International, Stockholm Resilience Centre and GRI , and is at present President of the Board of WWF International.

https://www.gistimpact.com

Patricia Espinosa

 (
MX
)
Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano is a Mexican politician and diplomat. In 2016 the United Nations Secretary-General appointed her as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Prior to that she was Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Slovakia and served as secretary of foreign affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón. Ms. Espinosa brings to her new appointment more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with specializations in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality, and protection of human rights. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from El Colegio de México and earned a diploma in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales) in Geneva, Switzerland.

https://unfccc.int/

Peter Elmberg

 (
SE
)
Artist, Composer, Ecopreneur of H.O.M.E Project

Peter Elmberg studied Native American studies in Wisconsin, USA, in 1996 and got inspired by the saying, “Think seven generations ahead before any important decision.” Ever since, Peter has been engaged in the field of sustainability. To show his respect and support to children and youth all over the world, bringing awareness to the climate issue today, he has written numerous songs and two musicals, and he created the label Music for Peace in 2004 under which he released "Earth Anthems" supporting children and youth, including "Now is the Time" (Sweden's answer to "We Are the World", 2005), "A Song for Tibet" (2008), "One World" (Project for West Africa, 2015), and "12 Peace Prayers" (2016). Peter is also the founder and CEO of the ecological retreat center Mundekulla in southern Sweden since 1998.

http://www.musicforpeace.se

Sophia Mathur

 (
CA
)
Member Fridays For Future Canada, Founder Fridays For Future Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Sophia's environmental lobbying to politicians began at age seven and has taken her all the way to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament with the organization Citizens' Climate Lobby. She embraced Greta Thunberg's call for youth climate action and was the first youth in the Americas to do Fridays for Future strikes, starting in November 2018. Sophia was proud to win the 2019 Canadian National Museum of Nature Youth Inspiration Award. She is one of seven young people taking the Ford Ontario Government to court for weakening Ontario's 2030 climate target with Ecojustice.

http://www.fridaysforfuture.cahttp://www.twitter.com/sophiamathur

Louise Carlsson

 (
SE
)
Nature Conservation and Wildlife Expert, WWF Sweden

Louise Carlson has been fascinated since childhood by all the fantastic species that have evolved through evolution and shaped our planet both above and below the sea surface. She became a biologist, and since 2004 she has worked at WWF Sweden. She has extensive experience from WWF working with a range of different conservation issues and corporate partnerships. She is currently working on the conservation of tigers and Asian elephants and stopping illegal wildlife trade, and on civil society engagement and responsible forest management. In the most recent years her work has been focused on southeast Asia, India, and Russia Far East.

http://www.wwf.se/personer/louise-carlsson

Christiana Figueres

 (
CR
)
Partner at Global Optimism, Former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC responsible for the Paris Agreement

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016. There Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. She is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.”

Register — it's free

Selected speakers & hosts

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

 (
SE
)
Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this global broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow.

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Inger Andersen

 (
DK
)
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Inger Andersen was appointed Executive Director of UNEP by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in February 2019 and was the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2015 to 2019. Ms. Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, and policy-making. Prior to joining IUCN, Ms. Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations and as vice president for sustainable development and head of the CGIAR Fund Council. Ms. Andersen holds a B.A. from London Metropolitan University North and an M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, with specialisation in development economics.

https://www.unenvironment.org/people/inger-andersenRead less

António Guterres

 (
PT
)
Secretary-General, United Nations (UN)

António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), took office on January 1, 2017. He served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from June 2005 to December 2015, heading one of the world’s foremost humanitarian organizations during some of the most serious displacement crises in decades, and witnessing the suffering of the most vulnerable people on earth, in refugee camps, and in war zones. Mr. Guterres has spent more than 20 years in government and public service. Mr. Guterres was elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1976, where he served as a member for 17 years. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Guterres was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where he chaired the Committee on Demography, Migration, and Refugees. He served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Guterres was born in Lisbon in 1949 and graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico with a degree in engineering.

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/biographyRead less

Marco Lambertini

 (
CH
)
Director General World Wildlife Fund - WWF

Marco Lambertini’s critical mission is to save life on Earth. With 35 years of conservation leadership, Mr. Lambertini began as a youth volunteer in his native Italy. Prior to joining WWF, he served as Chief Executive of BirdLife International He managed a highly decentralized secretariat, overseeing a global partnership of over 120 civil society organizations based in countries and territories in all continents. Marco has a degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Pisa and has published several books.

https://wwf.panda.org/organization/dg_bios/Read less

Jakob Trollbäck

 (
SE
)
Sustainable communications expert

Jakob Trollbäck is the designer of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the framework that is the world’s roadmap to a safe future. He has worked as a designer and communications specialist for 30 years, primarily from his company Trollbäck in New York. Three years ago he founded the New Division in Stockholm, a company dedicated to strategic communication focusing on sustainability.

https://www.thenewdivision.world/Read less

Ingmar Rentzhog

 (
SE
)
CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force and chairman of think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenges).

http://www.wedonthavetime.orgRead less

Elizabeth Mrema

 (
TZ
)
Director, Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Mrs. Mrema has worked with UNEP for over two decades, based in Bonn, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. Her work at UNEP has focused on the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws at national, regional, and international levels. Before joining UNEP, Mrs. Mrema worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a lecturer in public international law and conference diplomacy at Tanzania's Centre for Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. She has published several articles related to international environmental law, compliance, and enforcement of conventions, and she has developed, among other things, a number of multilateral environmental agreements negotiation tools, handbooks, and guidelines. Mrs. Mrema is a lawyer and career diplomat with LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, LLM from Dalhousie University, Canada, and postgraduate diploma in International Relations.

https://www.unenvironment.org/people/elizabeth-mremaRead less

Adriana Lobo

 (
MX
)
CEO, World Resource Institute México

Adriana Lobo studied civil engineering at the Escola Politécnica of the University of Sao Paulo and has more than 20 years of experience promoting sustainable policies, urban mobility projects, urban development, and environment. During the 14 years since its inauguration, the World Resources Institute Mexico (formerly CTS EMBARQ Mexico) has promoted an impact toward sustainable cities, recently expanding to include energy, climate, and forests. She worked for more than six years as Technical Director of the consulting firms Cal y Mayor y Asociados, SC and Transconsult, SC.

https://www.wri.org/profile/adriana-loboRead less

Pavan Sukhdev

 (
CH
)
CEO, GIST Impact

Pavan Sukhdev is a sustainability thought leader, innovator, influencer and the former Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative. Pavan founded GIST Advisory, a sustainability consulting firm measuring and valuing business impacts across all SDG’s. Pavan has served on many NGO Boards, including Conservation International, Stockholm Resilience Centre and GRI , and is at present President of the Board of WWF International.

https://www.gistimpact.comRead less

Patricia Espinosa

 (
MX
)
Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano is a Mexican politician and diplomat. In 2016 the United Nations Secretary-General appointed her as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Prior to that she was Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Slovakia and served as secretary of foreign affairs in the cabinet of President Felipe Calderón. Ms. Espinosa brings to her new appointment more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with specializations in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality, and protection of human rights. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations from El Colegio de México and earned a diploma in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales) in Geneva, Switzerland.

https://unfccc.int/Read less

Peter Elmberg

 (
SE
)
Artist, Composer, Ecopreneur of H.O.M.E Project

Peter Elmberg studied Native American studies in Wisconsin, USA, in 1996 and got inspired by the saying, “Think seven generations ahead before any important decision.” Ever since, Peter has been engaged in the field of sustainability. To show his respect and support to children and youth all over the world, bringing awareness to the climate issue today, he has written numerous songs and two musicals, and he created the label Music for Peace in 2004 under which he released "Earth Anthems" supporting children and youth, including "Now is the Time" (Sweden's answer to "We Are the World", 2005), "A Song for Tibet" (2008), "One World" (Project for West Africa, 2015), and "12 Peace Prayers" (2016). Peter is also the founder and CEO of the ecological retreat center Mundekulla in southern Sweden since 1998.

http://www.musicforpeace.seRead less

Sophia Mathur

 (
CA
)
Member Fridays For Future Canada, Founder Fridays For Future Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Sophia's environmental lobbying to politicians began at age seven and has taken her all the way to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament with the organization Citizens' Climate Lobby. She embraced Greta Thunberg's call for youth climate action and was the first youth in the Americas to do Fridays for Future strikes, starting in November 2018. Sophia was proud to win the 2019 Canadian National Museum of Nature Youth Inspiration Award. She is one of seven young people taking the Ford Ontario Government to court for weakening Ontario's 2030 climate target with Ecojustice.

http://www.fridaysforfuture.cahttp://www.twitter.com/sophiamathurRead less

Louise Carlsson

 (
SE
)
Nature Conservation and Wildlife Expert, WWF Sweden

Louise Carlson has been fascinated since childhood by all the fantastic species that have evolved through evolution and shaped our planet both above and below the sea surface. She became a biologist, and since 2004 she has worked at WWF Sweden. She has extensive experience from WWF working with a range of different conservation issues and corporate partnerships. She is currently working on the conservation of tigers and Asian elephants and stopping illegal wildlife trade, and on civil society engagement and responsible forest management. In the most recent years her work has been focused on southeast Asia, India, and Russia Far East.

http://www.wwf.se/personer/louise-carlssonRead less

Christiana Figueres

 (
CR
)
Partner at Global Optimism, Former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC responsible for the Paris Agreement

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change. She was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016. There Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. She is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.”

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World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.

Above all, World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It recognizes that global change requires a global community.  It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to safeguard wild spaces; for educators to inspire students to live in harmony with the Earth; and for youth to become fierce gatekeepers of a green future.  It requires all of us.

Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country, in which official celebrations take place. This year's host is Colombia in partnership with Germany.

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