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World Oceans Day by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace volunteer collects plastic rubbish from Manila Bay, Philippines.

Greenpeace volunteer collects plastic rubbish from Manila Bay, Philippines.

“The first observance of World Oceans Day allows us to highlight the many ways in which oceans contribute to society. It is also an opportunity to recognize the considerable challenges we face in maintaining their capacity to regulate the global climate, supply essential ecosystem services and provide sustainable livelihoods and safe recreation.”

Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General
United Nations

World Oceans Day (WOD), was officially declared by the United Nations as June 8th each year beginning in 2009.

The Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface – they have a significant effect on our climate and play a crucial role in maintaining the many ecosystem services such as fisheries.

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World Environment Day 2009 by Chuck Baclagon

I didn’t realize that a year has already passed since we commorated last year’s World Environment  Day (WED) , in Iloilo City, where we launched the Climate Defenders Camp to gather support against the coal expansionist push by the government.

This year’s theme is ‘Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change’. Which reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial climate convention meeting in Copenhagen some 180 days later in the year.

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Update from Bonn climate talks by Chuck Baclagon

From Making Waves

Quite a few of our climate folks have been on the UN Climate meeting circuit since before the Kyoto protocol was born. Not a few of them have been fairly jaded about the role the United States has played at these meetings in the past. Continue reading